Ituran (ITRN) vs. CUI Global (CUI) Head-To-Head Survey

Ituran (NASDAQ: ITRN) and CUI Global (NASDAQ:CUI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Ituran and CUI Global’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ituran 18.36% 34.76% 21.36%
CUI Global -13.73% -14.53% -8.90%

Volatility & Risk

Ituran has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CUI Global has a beta of 0.29, indicating that its stock price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ituran and CUI Global’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ituran $238.52 million 3.07 $43.79 million $2.09 14.93
CUI Global $83.28 million 0.96 -$12.58 million ($0.35) -8.03

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

Dividends

Ituran pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. CUI Global does not pay a dividend. Ituran pays out 45.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Ituran and CUI Global, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ituran 0 2 0 0 2.00
CUI Global 0 0 3 0 3.00

Ituran presently has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.38%. CUI Global has a consensus price target of $25.33, suggesting a potential upside of 801.54%. Given CUI Global’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CUI Global is more favorable than Ituran.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

48.8% of Ituran shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of CUI Global shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of CUI Global shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ituran beats CUI Global on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ituran

Ituran Location and Control Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides location-based services and wireless communications products in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States. The company's Location-Based Services segment provides stolen vehicle recovery and tracking services, which enable to locate, track, and recover stolen vehicles for its subscribers; fleet management services that enable corporate and individual customers to track and manage their vehicles in real time; and personal locator services that allow customers to protect valuable merchandise and equipment. This segment also offers on-demand navigation guidance, information, and assistance to its customers, such as the provision of traffic reports, help with directions, and information on the location of gas stations, car repair shops, post offices, hospitals, and other facilities, as well as Connect, a car service based on the Android platform, which provides access to Android market applications and to various services from car systems and remote communications. This segment provides its services to insurance companies and agents, car manufacturers, dealers and importers, cooperative sales channels, and private subscribers. The company's Wireless Communications Products segment provides Base Site, a radio receiver, which includes a processor and a data computation unit to collect and send data to and from transponders, and send that data to control centers; Control Center, a center consisting of software used to collect data from various base sites, conduct location calculations, and transmit location data to various customers and law enforcement agencies; GPS/GPRS-based products, such as navigation and tracking devices installed in vehicles; and SMART, a portable transmitter installed in vehicles that sends a signal to the base site enabling the location of vehicles, equipment, or an individual. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Azor, Israel.

About CUI Global

CUI Global, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, development, and commercialization of power and electromechanical components worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Power and Electromechanical, and Energy. The Power and Electromechanical segment offers power solutions that consists of external and embedded ac-dc power supplies, dc-dc converters, and intelligent control of energy products; components, including connectors, speakers, and buzzers; and control solutions comprising encoders and sensors, which addresses power and related accessories to consumer electronics, medical, and defense industries. The Energy segment provides natural gas infrastructure and advanced technologies, including metering, odorization, remote telemetry units, and a range of personalized gas engineering solutions to the gas utilities, power generation, emissions, manufacturing, and automotive industries. CUI Global, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Tualatin, Oregon.

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