Transcat (NASDAQ: TRNS) is one of 24 public companies in the “Electronic Component” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Transcat to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.1% of Transcat shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.4% of shares of all “Electronic Component” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of Transcat shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.0% of shares of all “Electronic Component” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Transcat has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its stock price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Transcat’s competitors have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Transcat 3.24% 10.03% 4.94%
Transcat Competitors -2.83% -0.23% 1.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Transcat and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Transcat 0 0 3 0 3.00
Transcat Competitors 41 260 520 12 2.60

Transcat currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.55%. As a group, “Electronic Component” companies have a potential downside of 1.96%. Given Transcat’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Transcat is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Transcat and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Transcat $143.90 million $4.52 million 23.06
Transcat Competitors $1.21 billion $129.73 million 101.30

Transcat’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Transcat. Transcat 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

Transcat beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Transcat

Transcat, Inc. is a provider of calibration and laboratory instrument services and a distributor of professional grade test, measurement and control instrumentation. The Company conducts its business through two segments: service (Service) and distribution (Distribution). Through the Service segment, the Company offers calibration, repair, inspection, analytical qualifications, preventative maintenance and other related services, a majority of which are processed through its asset management system, CalTrak (CalTrak). Through its Distribution segment, the Company markets, sells and rents national brand instruments to customers around the globe. The Company is focused on providing its services and products to the life science industries, which include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device manufacturing and other Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated businesses.

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