Head-To-Head Survey: Sensata Technologies (ST) vs. Its Competitors

Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST) is one of 22 public companies in the “Process control instruments” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Sensata Technologies to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk and Volatility

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Sensata Technologies has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sensata Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 0.32, indicating that their average stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.2% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sensata Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sensata Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies 12.35% 25.40% 8.47%
Sensata Technologies Competitors 5.50% -4.20% 4.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Sensata Technologies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies 0 5 6 0 2.55
Sensata Technologies Competitors 57 432 833 18 2.61

Sensata Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $56.45, suggesting a potential upside of 10.91%. As a group, “Process control instruments” companies have a potential upside of 9.25%. Given Sensata Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Sensata Technologies is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sensata Technologies and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies $3.31 billion $408.35 million 15.96
Sensata Technologies Competitors $2.23 billion $306.50 million 24.55

Sensata Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Sensata Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Sensata Technologies beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Sensata Technologies Company Profile

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. is an industrial technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors and controls. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. It produces a range of sensors and controls for applications, such as pressure sensors in automotive systems, thermal circuit breakers in aircraft, and bimetal current and temperature control devices. Its sensors are devices that translate a physical phenomenon, such as pressure or position, into electronic signals that microprocessors can act upon. Its controls are customized devices embedded within systems to protect them from excessive heat or current. Its primary products include low-, medium-, and high-pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, bimetal electromechanical controls, temperature sensors, power conversion and control products, thermal and magnetic-hydraulic circuit breakers, pressure switches and interconnection products.

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