Cardtronics PLC (NASDAQ:CATM) versus Ituran Location and Control (ITRN) Head-To-Head Survey

Ituran Location and Control (NASDAQ: ITRN) and Cardtronics PLC (NASDAQ:CATM) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Ituran Location and Control and Cardtronics PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ituran Location and Control 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cardtronics PLC 0 3 3 0 2.50

Ituran Location and Control presently has a consensus target price of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.99%. Cardtronics PLC has a consensus target price of $47.20, suggesting a potential upside of 76.32%. Given Cardtronics PLC’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cardtronics PLC is more favorable than Ituran Location and Control.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and Cardtronics PLC’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran Location and Control $209.49 million 3.01 $62.54 million $1.81 16.63
Cardtronics PLC $1.38 billion 0.89 $304.90 million $1.45 18.46

Cardtronics PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Ituran Location and Control. Ituran Location and Control is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cardtronics PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Ituran Location and Control has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cardtronics PLC has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Ituran Location and Control pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Cardtronics PLC does not pay a dividend. Ituran Location and Control pays out 53.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.2% of Ituran Location and Control shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Cardtronics PLC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ituran Location and Control and Cardtronics PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ituran Location and Control 18.15% 35.51% 21.61%
Cardtronics PLC 4.83% 28.23% 7.72%

Summary

Ituran Location and Control beats Cardtronics PLC on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ituran Location and Control Company Profile

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is a provider of location-based services, consisting of stolen vehicle recovery (SVR), fleet management services and other tracking services. The Company also provides wireless communication products used in connection with its location-based services and various other applications. Its operations consist of two segments: location-based services and wireless communications products. Its location-based services segment consists of its SVR and tracking services, fleet management and value-added services consisted of personal locater services and concierge services. Its wireless communications products segment consists of short and medium range two-way machine-to-machine wireless communications products that are used for various applications, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic vehicle identification. It primarily provides its services, as well as sells and leases its products in Israel, Brazil, Argentina and the United States.

Cardtronics PLC Company Profile

Cardtronics plc, formerly Cardtronics, Inc., provides automated consumer financial services through its network of automated teller machines (ATMS) and multi-function financial services kiosks. The Company’s operations consists of its North America, Europe, and Corporate & Other segments. Its ATM operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico are included in its North America segment. Its ATM operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Spain and i-design are included in its Europe segment. Its transaction processing operations, which service its North American and European operations, along with external customers, and the Company’s corporate general and administrative functions comprise the Corporate & Other segment. As of December 31, 2016, it provided services to approximately 203,000 ATMs throughout the United States (including the United States territory of Puerto Rico), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Spain, Canada and Mexico.

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