Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) is one of 28 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Vishay Precision Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vishay Precision Group 4.16% 7.25% 4.63%
Vishay Precision Group Competitors -5.69% -0.27% -1.51%

Volatility and Risk

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Precision Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Vishay Precision Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Vishay Precision Group Competitors 92 489 538 17 2.42

Vishay Precision Group currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.84%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 20.55%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group $232.41 million $31.01 million 30.76
Vishay Precision Group Competitors $499.36 million $99.00 million -3.83

Vishay Precision Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Vishay Precision Group. Vishay Precision Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Vishay Precision Group beats its rivals on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Vishay Precision Group Company Profile

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

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