Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) is one of 47 publicly-traded companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Itron to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Itron has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Itron $1.98 billion $221.70 million 96.63
Itron Competitors $1.86 billion $293.26 million -232,933.31

Itron has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Itron 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.

Profitability

This table compares Itron and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Itron 1.60% 15.43% 6.32%
Itron Competitors -3.49% 5.80% 2.19%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.5% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Itron and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Itron 0 3 5 0 2.63
Itron Competitors 190 930 1222 7 2.45

Itron presently has a consensus target price of $81.75, indicating a potential upside of 5.76%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.08%. Given Itron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Itron is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Itron beats its rivals on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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