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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble 7.66% 12.97% 8.05%
Instructure -34.82% -827.22% -44.68%

Risk and Volatility

Trimble has a beta of 2.35, meaning that its stock price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Instructure has a beta of 1.77, meaning that its stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Trimble and Instructure, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble 0 5 5 0 2.50
Instructure 0 1 7 1 3.00

Trimble presently has a consensus target price of $41.22, indicating a potential upside of 1.76%. Instructure has a consensus target price of $37.88, indicating a potential upside of 13.91%. Given Instructure’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Instructure is more favorable than Trimble.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.7% of Trimble shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of Instructure shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 62.5% of Instructure shares are held by company 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.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble $2.36 billion 4.32 $132.40 million $0.76 53.30
Instructure $110.88 million 8.93 -$53.56 million ($1.77) -18.79

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

Summary

Trimble beats Instructure on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Trimble

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.

About Instructure

Instructure, Inc. provides cloud-based learning management platform for academic institutions and companies across the world. The Company operates in the cloud-based learning management systems segment. The Company builds its learning management applications, Canvas for the education market and Bridge for the corporate market, to enable its customers to develop, deliver and manage face-to-face and online learning experiences. The Company develops software that students, teachers and employees use to help achieve their education and learning goals. Its applications develop academic and corporate learning by providing a platform for instructors and learners, enabling frequent and open interactions, streamlining workflow, and allowing the creation and sharing of content. The Company’s platform runs on a cloud-based architecture that enables users to teach, learn and engage across a range of application environments, operating systems, devices and locations.

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