Trimble Navigation (TRMB) and ShotSpotter (SSTI) Head to Head Survey

Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) and ShotSpotter (NASDAQ:SSTI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Trimble Navigation and ShotSpotter’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble Navigation 7.66% 12.97% 8.05%
ShotSpotter N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Trimble Navigation and ShotSpotter, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble Navigation 0 5 5 0 2.50
ShotSpotter 0 0 3 0 3.00

Trimble Navigation currently has a consensus price target of $41.22, suggesting a potential upside of 1.21%. ShotSpotter has a consensus price target of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 55.67%. Given ShotSpotter’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ShotSpotter is more favorable than Trimble Navigation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Trimble Navigation and ShotSpotter’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble Navigation $2.36 billion 4.34 $132.40 million $0.76 53.59
ShotSpotter $15.50 million 8.40 -$6.86 million ($0.85) -15.87

Trimble Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than ShotSpotter. ShotSpotter is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Trimble Navigation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.7% of Trimble Navigation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.4% of ShotSpotter shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble Navigation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Trimble Navigation beats ShotSpotter on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Trimble Navigation Company Profile

Trimble Inc., formerly Trimble Navigation Limited, is engaged in providing technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to transform their work processes. The Company’s solutions are used across a range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, civil engineering, survey and land administration, construction, geospatial, government, natural resources, transportation and utilities. The Company’s business segments include Building and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resource and utilities and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment serves customers working in architecture, engineering, construction and operations and maintenance. The Geospatial segment primarily serves customers working in surveying, engineering, government and land management. The Resources and Utilities segment serves customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment serves customers working in transportation.

ShotSpotter Company Profile

ShotSpotter, Inc. is engaged in designing and delivering gunfire alert and analysis solutions. The Company offers its software solutions on a SaaS-based subscription model. It has one operating segment with one business activity, providing gunshot detection systems. Its safety solutions include ShotSpotter Flex, ShotSpotter (SST) SecureCampus and ShotSpotter SiteSecure. ShotSpotter Flex is an outdoor public safety solution, serves cities and municipalities seeking to identify, locate and deter persistent a real-time gunshot detection system into their policing systems. SST SecureCampus is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions in order to help the law enforcement and security personnel serving universities, colleges and other educational institutions. ShotSpotter SiteSecure is integrates its indoor and outdoor solutions for customers such as corporations trying to safeguard their facilities and public agencies focused on protecting critical infrastructure.

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