Sensata Technologies (ST) versus Electro-Sensors (ELSE) Critical Survey

Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) and Electro-Sensors (NASDAQ:ELSE) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Sensata Technologies has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electro-Sensors has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Sensata Technologies and Electro-Sensors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies 14.63% 25.28% 9.09%
Electro-Sensors -0.72% -0.43% -0.41%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sensata Technologies and Electro-Sensors’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies $3.31 billion 2.29 $408.35 million $3.19 13.87
Electro-Sensors $7.84 million 1.51 $290,000.00 N/A N/A

Sensata Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Electro-Sensors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.2% of Sensata Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.2% of Electro-Sensors shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Sensata Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.0% of Electro-Sensors shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Sensata Technologies and Electro-Sensors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies 1 4 9 0 2.57
Electro-Sensors 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sensata Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $56.17, suggesting a potential upside of 26.99%. Given Sensata Technologies’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Sensata Technologies is more favorable than Electro-Sensors.

Summary

Sensata Technologies beats Electro-Sensors on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies Holding PLC would be operating as a holding company for Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. that develops, manufactures, and sells sensors and controls in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. The Performance Sensing segment supplies pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, temperature sensors, and pressure switches. Its products are used in various automotive and heavy vehicle off-road (HVOR) applications comprising air conditioning, braking, exhaust, fuel oil, tire, operator controls, and transmission. This segment serves automotive and HVOR original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. The Sensing Solutions segment manufactures various control products that are used in industrial, aerospace, military, commercial, medical device, and residential markets; and sensor products, which are used in aerospace and industrial applications, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as military and commercial aircraft. Its products include motor and compressor protectors, motor starters, temperature sensors and switches/thermostats, pressure sensors and switches, electronic HVAC sensors and controls, charge controllers, solid state relays, linear and rotary position sensors, circuit breakers, and semiconductor burn-in test sockets. This segment also manufactures direct current to alternating current power inverters, which enable the operation of electronic equipment when grid power is not available. It serves OEMs in the climate control, appliance, semiconductor, medical, energy and infrastructure, data/telecom, and aerospace industries, as well as aerospace and motor and compressor suppliers. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Swindon, the United Kingdom.

About Electro-Sensors

Electro-Sensors, Inc. manufactures and sells industrial production monitoring and process control systems. It manufactures and sells various monitoring systems that measure machine production and operation rates, as well as systems that regulate the speed of related machines in production processes. The company's speed monitoring systems include a line of products that measure production counts or rates, such as parts, gallons, or board feet; and alarm systems, tachometers, and other devices that translate impulses from the sensors. Its temperature application products consist of bearing, gear box, and motor temperature monitoring. The company also offers production monitoring devices that include a belt alignment and slide gate position monitor; vibration monitoring products; and tilt switches. In addition, it provides hazard monitoring systems, which integrate its sensors for monitoring temperature, belt misalignment, and shaft speed; and wireless hazard technology monitoring systems under the HazardPRO product name. It serves customers in various industries, such as grain, feed, milling, bulk material, manufacturing, food product, ethanol, and power generation, and other processing industries. The company sells its products through internal sales team, manufacturer's representatives, and distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Electro-Sensors, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Electro-Sensors, Inc. is a subsidiary of Estate Of Nancy Peterson.

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