TransAct Technologies (NASDAQ: TACT) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Peripherals” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare TransAct Technologies to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.2% of TransAct Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.6% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of TransAct Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of shares of all “Computer Peripherals” 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TransAct Technologies 7.27% 16.68% 12.81%
TransAct Technologies Competitors -46.45% -19.80% -8.97%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
TransAct Technologies $55.67 million $7.14 million 16.82
TransAct Technologies Competitors $1.18 billion $50.73 million -40.30

TransAct Technologies’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than TransAct Technologies. TransAct Technologies 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.

Dividends

TransAct Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. TransAct Technologies pays out 65.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 47.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

TransAct Technologies has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransAct Technologies’ rivals have a beta of 0.91, indicating that their average stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for TransAct Technologies and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TransAct Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
TransAct Technologies Competitors 107 331 453 21 2.43

TransAct Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.92%. As a group, “Computer Peripherals” companies have a potential upside of 25.78%. Given TransAct Technologies’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe TransAct Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

TransAct Technologies beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About TransAct Technologies

TransAct Technologies Incorporated (TransAct) designs, develops and sells market-specific solutions, including printers, terminals, software and other products for transaction-based and other industries. The Company operates through the segment, which includes design, development, assembly and marketing of transaction printers and terminals, and providing printer and terminal related software, services, supplies and spare parts. Its thermal, inkjet and impact printers and terminals generate labels and transaction records, such as receipts, tickets, coupons, register journals and other documents, as well as printed logging, and plotting of oil field and well drilling data. Its products are sold under the AccuDate, Ithaca, RESPONDER, Epic, EPICENTRAL and Printrex brand names. It focuses on various markets, such as food safety, banking and point-of-sale (POS), casino and gaming, lottery and Printrex, Inc. (Printrex), which serves the oil and gas, medical and mobile printing markets.

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