Head to Head Analysis: Fortive (FTV) versus Electro-Sensors (ELSE)

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

Volatility and Risk

Fortive has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Electro-Sensors has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.5% of Fortive shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.2% of Electro-Sensors shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.2% of Fortive shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of Electro-Sensors shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortive 40.50% 22.42% 10.08%
Electro-Sensors -0.72% -0.43% -0.41%

Dividends

Fortive pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Electro-Sensors does not pay a dividend. Fortive pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fortive and Electro-Sensors’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortive $6.45 billion 4.21 $2.91 billion $3.06 26.59
Electro-Sensors $7.84 million 1.41 $290,000.00 N/A N/A

Fortive has higher revenue and earnings than Electro-Sensors.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Fortive and Electro-Sensors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortive 0 5 6 0 2.55
Electro-Sensors 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fortive currently has a consensus target price of $84.89, suggesting a potential upside of 4.32%. Given Fortive’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Fortive is more favorable than Electro-Sensors.

Summary

Fortive beats Electro-Sensors on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fortive Company Profile

Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide. Its Professional Instrumentation segment provides test tools, and thermal imaging and calibration equipment for electrical, industrial, electronic, and calibration applications; online condition-based monitoring equipment; portable gas detection equipment, consumables, and software as a service offerings; subscription-based technical, analytical, and compliance services; and maintenance management software for critical infrastructure in utility, industrial, energy, construction, public safety, mining, and healthcare applications. This segment also provides product realization services and products that help developers and engineers across the end-to-end product creation cycle from concepts to finished products; materials components; and devices that sense, monitor, and control operational or manufacturing variables. This segment markets its products and services under the FLUKE, FLUKE BIOMEDICAL, FLUKE NETWORKS, INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC, LANDAUER, QUALITROL, INVETECH, KEITHLEY, PACIFIC SCIENTIFIC ENERGETIC MATERIALS COMPANY, SONIX, and TEKTRONIX brands. Its Industrial Technologies segment offers solutions and services for use in fuel dispensing, remote fuel management, point-of-sale and payment systems, environmental compliance, vehicle tracking, and fleet and traffic management under the ANGI, GASBOY, GILBARCO, GILBARCO AUTOTANK, ORPAK, and VEEDER-ROOT brands; and various electromechanical and electronic motion control products, mechanical components, and supplemental braking systems for commercial vehicles under the DYNAPAR, HENGSTLER, JAKE BRAKE, KOLLMORGEN, PORTESCAP, and THOMSON brands. It also offers professional tools, toolboxes, and automotive diagnostic equipment under the MATCO brand; and wheel service equipment under the COATS brand. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Everett, Washington.

Electro-Sensors Company Profile

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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