Nanometrics (NANO) and Trimble (TRMB) Head-To-Head Contrast

Nanometrics (NASDAQ: NANO) and Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Nanometrics and Trimble, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nanometrics 0 1 1 0 2.50
Trimble 0 4 7 0 2.64



Nanometrics currently has a consensus price target of $38.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.26%. Trimble has a consensus price target of $42.67, indicating a potential upside of 27.14%. Given Trimble’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Trimble is more favorable than Nanometrics.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nanometrics and Trimble’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nanometrics $258.62 million 3.59 $30.20 million $1.23 31.61
Trimble $2.65 billion 3.15 $121.10 million $1.28 26.22

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

Volatility & Risk

Nanometrics has a beta of 1.72, indicating that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trimble has a beta of 2.44, indicating that its stock price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.9% of Nanometrics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Trimble shares are held by institutional investors. 6.9% of Nanometrics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Trimble shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Nanometrics and Trimble’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nanometrics 14.64% 16.38% 13.86%
Trimble 4.64% 14.28% 8.26%

Summary

Trimble beats Nanometrics on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nanometrics Company Profile

Nanometrics Incorporated provides process control metrology and inspection systems for use primarily in the fabrication of semiconductors and other solid-state devices worldwide. It offers automated metrology systems that provide optical critical dimension, thin film metrology, and wafer stress for transistor and interconnect metrology applications; and integrated metrology systems that are installed onto wafer processing equipment to provide near real-time measurements. The company's materials characterization products include systems that are used to monitor the physical, optical, electrical, and material characteristics of discrete electronic industry, opto-electronic, high brightness LED, solar photovoltaic, compound semiconductor, strained silicon, and silicon-on-insulator devices, including composition, crystal structure, layer thickness, dopant concentration, contamination, and electron mobility. It also offers NanoDiffract, a modeling, visualization, and analysis software that takes signals from the automated and integrated metrology systems providing critical dimension, thickness, and optical properties from in line measurements; SpectraProbe, a model-less fitting engine that enables fast time to solution for in-line excursion detection and control; NanoGen, an enterprise scale computing hardware system that is deployed to run the computing intensive analysis software; and NanoCentral, a fab based networking and server system providing connectivity and compute support to SpectraProbe and connected measurement systems. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

Trimble Company Profile

Trimble Inc. provides technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to enhance or transform their work processes worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Buildings and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resources and Utilities, and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment offers field and office software for route selection and design; systems to guide and control construction equipment; systems to monitor, track, and manage assets, equipment, and workers; software to share and communicate data; 3D conceptual design and modeling software; building information modeling software; integrated site layout and measurement systems; applications for sub-contractors and trades; integrated workplace management services software; capital program and facility management solutions; field based data collection systems; and communication systems and back-office software. This segment serves architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and operators. The Geospatial segment provides surveying and geospatial products and services to the construction, engineering, mining, oil and gas, energy and utilities, government, and land management sectors; and geographic information systems. The Resources and Utilities segment offers precision agriculture products and services that consist of guidance and positioning systems, automated and variable-rate application and technology systems, and information management solutions primarily to customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment offers solutions under the Trimble, PeopleNet, GEOTrac, TMW, and ALK Technologies brands to customers working in transportation, including transportation and logistics, automotive, rail, and field service management. The company was formerly known as Trimble Navigation Limited and changed its name to Trimble Inc. in October 2016. Trimble Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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