Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Vishay Precision Group to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider and Institutional 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 company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Vishay Precision Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Vishay Precision Group Competitors 48 395 499 9 2.49

Vishay Precision Group currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.97%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.74%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than its rivals.

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 -4.69% 2.35% -0.52%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vishay Precision Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Vishay Precision Group $232.41 million $31.01 million 33.26
Vishay Precision Group Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million -1.76

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.

Risk and Volatility

Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Precision Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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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