Comparing Itron (ITRI) and FARO Technologies (FARO)

Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) and FARO Technologies (NASDAQ:FARO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Itron and FARO Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Itron 0 4 4 1 2.67
FARO Technologies 0 2 4 0 2.67

Itron presently has a consensus price target of $82.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.16%. FARO Technologies has a consensus price target of $49.80, indicating a potential downside of 1.87%. Given Itron’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Itron is more favorable than FARO Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.5% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.6% of FARO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of FARO Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Itron has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, FARO Technologies has a beta of 1.43, indicating that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Itron and FARO Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Itron $2.01 billion 1.33 $31.77 million $1.71 40.58
FARO Technologies $325.58 million 2.60 $11.10 million $0.00 -5,075,000.00

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

Profitability

This table compares Itron and FARO Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Itron 3.42% 14.84% 6.26%
FARO Technologies 0.03% 0.03% 0.02%

Summary

Itron beats FARO Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Itron

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

About FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports software driven, three-dimensional (3D) measurement, imaging and realization systems. The Company operates in three segments: Factory Metrology, Construction BIM-CIM and Other. It sells its products through a direct sales force across customers in a range of manufacturing, industrial, architecture, surveying, building construction and law enforcement applications. Its FaroArm, FARO Laser ScanArm, FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker, FARO Cobalt Array 3D Imager AMP, and their companion CAM2 software provide for Computer-Aided Design-based inspection and/or factory-level statistical process control and surveying. It operates in international markets throughout the world and maintain sales offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

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