Analyzing Fortive (FTV) and National Automation Services (NESV)

Fortive (NYSE:FTV) and National Automation Services (OTCMKTS:NESV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Fortive and National Automation Services, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fortive 0 4 7 0 2.64
National Automation Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fortive currently has a consensus target price of $85.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.28%. Given Fortive’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Fortive is more favorable than National Automation Services.


Fortive pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. National Automation Services does not pay a dividend. Fortive pays out 9.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fortive has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fortive and National Automation Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fortive $6.66 billion 3.49 $1.04 billion $2.89 24.05
National Automation Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fortive has higher revenue and earnings than National Automation Services.

Volatility and Risk

Fortive has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Automation Services has a beta of -0.69, indicating that its stock price is 169% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Fortive and National Automation Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fortive 15.72% 24.91% 10.29%
National Automation Services N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.3% of Fortive shares are held by institutional investors. 12.2% of Fortive shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.9% of National Automation Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Fortive beats National Automation Services on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fortive

Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide. Its Professional Instrumentation segment provides test tools, and thermal imaging and calibration equipment for electrical, industrial, electronic, and calibration applications; online condition-based monitoring equipment; portable gas detection equipment, consumables, and software as a service offerings; subscription-based technical, analytical, and compliance services; and maintenance management software for critical infrastructure in utility, industrial, energy, construction, public safety, mining, and healthcare applications. This segment also provides product realization services and products that help developers and engineers across the end-to-end product creation cycle from concepts to finished products; materials components; and devices that sense, monitor, and control operational or manufacturing variables. This segment markets its products and services under the FLUKE, FLUKE BIOMEDICAL, FLUKE NETWORKS, INDUSTRIAL SCIENTIFIC, LANDAUER, QUALITROL, INVETECH, KEITHLEY, PACIFIC SCIENTIFIC ENERGETIC MATERIALS COMPANY, SONIX, and TEKTRONIX brands. Its Industrial Technologies segment offers solutions and services for use in fuel dispensing, remote fuel management, point-of-sale and payment systems, environmental compliance, vehicle tracking, and fleet and traffic management under the ANGI, GASBOY, GILBARCO, GILBARCO AUTOTANK, ORPAK, and VEEDER-ROOT brands; and various electromechanical and electronic motion control products, mechanical components, and supplemental braking systems for commercial vehicles under the DYNAPAR, HENGSTLER, JAKE BRAKE, KOLLMORGEN, PORTESCAP, and THOMSON brands. It also offers professional tools, toolboxes, and automotive diagnostic equipment under the MATCO brand; and wheel service equipment under the COATS brand. The company was incorporated in 2016 and is headquartered in Everett, Washington.

About National Automation Services

National Energy Services, Inc. operates as a holding company that is engaged in building a portfolio of complementary services through acquisitions. It primarily focuses on drilling services, operation services, and maintenance services of the well-site activities. The company was founded on January 27, 1997 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV.

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