Analyzing Trimble (TRMB) and Q2 (QTWO)

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Q2 (NYSE:QTWO) are both technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Trimble and Q2, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble 0 4 5 0 2.56
Q2 0 5 6 0 2.55

Trimble currently has a consensus target price of $41.78, indicating a potential downside of 5.28%. Q2 has a consensus target price of $45.70, indicating a potential upside of 7.91%. Given Q2’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Q2 is more favorable than Trimble.

Profitability

This table compares Trimble and Q2’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%
Q2 -15.27% -20.50% -10.45%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Trimble and Q2’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble $2.36 billion 4.65 $132.40 million $0.76 58.03
Q2 $150.22 million 11.75 -$36.35 million ($0.69) -61.38

Trimble has higher revenue and earnings than Q2. Q2 is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Trimble, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Trimble has a beta of 2.36, indicating that its stock price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Q2 has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.0% of Trimble shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.5% of Q2 shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.5% of Q2 shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Trimble beats Q2 on 9 of the 14 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 Q2

Q2 Holdings, Inc. is a provider of cloud-based digital banking solutions. The Company enables regional and community financial institutions (RCFIs), to deliver a suite of integrated digital banking services. The Company’s solutions all operate on a common platform that supports the delivery of unified digital banking services across online, mobile and voice channels. Its platform provides a single point of management enabling RCFIs to deliver targeted experiences, including tailored rights, features and branding to account holders. Its cloud-based solutions and common platform provide its RCFI customers with a view of account holder access and activity across devices and channels. Its solutions include Q2online, Q2 Risk & Fraud Analytics, Q2 Corporate, Q2 SMART, Q2mobility Application, Q2mobile Remote Deposit Capture, Q2text, Q2themes, Q2clarity, Centrix Dispute Tracking System (DTS), Centrix Payments I.Q. System (PIQS), and Centrix Exact/Transaction Management System (Exact/TMS).

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