Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST) and Universal Detection Technology (OTCMKTS:UNDT) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sensata Technologies and Universal Detection Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies $3.31 billion 2.38 $408.35 million $3.19 14.36
Universal Detection Technology N/A N/A -$170,000.00 N/A N/A

Sensata Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Detection Technology.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.2% of Sensata Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Sensata Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of Universal Detection Technology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Sensata Technologies has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Detection Technology has a beta of -2.27, suggesting that its stock price is 327% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Sensata Technologies and Universal Detection Technology, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies 1 4 9 0 2.57
Universal Detection Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sensata Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $56.17, indicating a potential upside of 22.58%. Given Sensata Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sensata Technologies is more favorable than Universal Detection Technology.


This table compares Sensata Technologies and Universal Detection Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies 14.63% 25.28% 9.09%
Universal Detection Technology N/A N/A N/A


Sensata Technologies beats Universal Detection Technology on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies Holding PLC would be operating as a holding company for Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. that develops, manufactures, and sells sensors and controls in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. It operates in two segments, Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. The Performance Sensing segment supplies pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, temperature sensors, and pressure switches. Its products are used in various automotive and heavy vehicle off-road (HVOR) applications comprising air conditioning, braking, exhaust, fuel oil, tire, operator controls, and transmission. This segment serves automotive and HVOR original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. The Sensing Solutions segment manufactures various control products that are used in industrial, aerospace, military, commercial, medical device, and residential markets; and sensor products, which are used in aerospace and industrial applications, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as military and commercial aircraft. Its products include motor and compressor protectors, motor starters, temperature sensors and switches/thermostats, pressure sensors and switches, electronic HVAC sensors and controls, charge controllers, solid state relays, linear and rotary position sensors, circuit breakers, and semiconductor burn-in test sockets. This segment also manufactures direct current to alternating current power inverters, which enable the operation of electronic equipment when grid power is not available. It serves OEMs in the climate control, appliance, semiconductor, medical, energy and infrastructure, data/telecom, and aerospace industries, as well as aerospace and motor and compressor suppliers. The company was founded in 1916 and is based in Swindon, the United Kingdom.

About Universal Detection Technology

Universal Detection Technology engages in the research, development, marketing, and resale of detection devices for detecting chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats in the United States, Europe, and Asia. It supplies bioterrorism detection kits capable of detecting anthrax, ricin, botulinum, plague, and SEBs; mold detection kits; chemical detection equipment; and radiation detection systems. The company also provides various counter-terrorism services, such as training courses for first responders; event security; threat evaluation and consulting; and DVDs aimed at providing information and training regarding combating terrorism and managing emergency situations. It serves first responders, as well as bioterror and military defense markets. The company markets and sells its products through in-house staff and outside consultants, as well as through the Internet. The company was formerly known as Pollution Research and Control Corporation and changed its name to Universal Detection Technology in August 2003. Universal Detection Technology was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.

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