Contrasting of Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) and Electro-Sensors Inc. (NASDAQ:ELSE)

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and Electro-Sensors Inc. (NASDAQ:ELSE) compete with each other in the Scientific & Technical Instruments sector. We will analyze and compare their institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Garmin Ltd. 3.40B 4.41 704.88M 3.66 23.17
Electro-Sensors Inc. 7.50M 1.60 N/A -0.02 0.00

Demonstrates Garmin Ltd. and Electro-Sensors Inc. earnings per share (EPS), gross revenue and valuation.


Table 2 hightlights the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of the two companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Garmin Ltd. 20.73% 17.5% 13.7%
Electro-Sensors Inc. 0.00% -0.4% -0.4%

Risk & Volatility

Garmin Ltd.’s volatility measures that it’s 4.00% less volatile than S&P 500 due to its 0.96 beta. Competitively, Electro-Sensors Inc.’s 57.00% volatility makes it less volatile than S&P 500, because of the 0.43 beta.


The current Quick Ratio of Garmin Ltd. is 2.3 while its Current Ratio is 2.9. Meanwhile, Electro-Sensors Inc. has a Current Ratio of 18.5 while its Quick Ratio is 15.9. Electro-Sensors Inc. is better positioned to pay off its short-term and long-term debts than Garmin Ltd.


Garmin Ltd. shareholders receive an annual dividend of $2.28 per share which is subject to 2.9% dividend yield. Electro-Sensors Inc. does not offer a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

Garmin Ltd. and Electro-Sensors Inc. Recommendations and Ratings are available on the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Garmin Ltd. 1 2 0 2.67
Electro-Sensors Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

Garmin Ltd.’s downside potential is -4.20% at a $75.75 consensus target price.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Roughly 46.1% of Garmin Ltd. shares are held by institutional investors while 5.4% of Electro-Sensors Inc. are owned by institutional investors. About 1.2% of Garmin Ltd.’s share are held by insiders. Competitively, 81.42% are Electro-Sensors Inc.’s share held by insiders.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Garmin Ltd. 1.42% 22.49% 27.66% 24.42% 43.97% 33.83%
Electro-Sensors Inc. 2.75% -6.82% -8.98% -15.84% -12.55% -1.49%

For the past year Garmin Ltd. has 33.83% stronger performance while Electro-Sensors Inc. has -1.49% weaker performance.


Garmin Ltd. beats on 11 of the 12 factors Electro-Sensors Inc.

Garmin Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes a range of navigation, communication, and information devices worldwide. It operates through five segments: Auto, Aviation, Marine, Outdoor, and Fitness. The Auto segment offers personal navigation devices; infotainment solutions; and action cameras, as well as mobile applications under the Garmin and NAVIGON names. The Aviation segment provides navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, weather radar, radar altimeter, datalink weather, in-cockpit and cloud connectivity, automated logbook, voice and touch control, and other products and services; wearables, portables, and apps; and traffic collision avoidance, and terrain awareness and warning systems. It also offers controller-pilot data link, a suite of automatic dependent surveillance broadcast solutions. The Marine segment provides chartplotters and multi-function displays, fish finders, sounders, autopilot systems, radars, compliant instrument displays, VHF communication radios, handhelds and wrist-worn devices, sailing products, and entertainment products. The Outdoor segment offers outdoor handhelds, wearable devices, golf devices, and dog tracking and training/pet obedience devices. The Fitness segment provides running/multi-sport watches, cycling computers, cycling power meters, cycling safety and awareness products, and activity tracking devices, as well as Garmin Connect and Garmin Connect Mobile, which are Web and mobile platforms for users to track and analyze their fitness and wellness data. The company sells its global positioning system receivers and accessories to retail outlets; and aviation products to aviation dealers and aircraft manufacturers through a network of independent dealers and distributors. Garmin Ltd. was founded in 1990 and is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Electro-Sensors, Inc. manufactures and sells industrial production monitoring and process control systems. It offers various monitoring systems, which measure actual machine production and operation rates, as well as systems that regulate the speed of related machines in production processes. The company's speed monitoring systems include a line of products that measure production counts or rates, such as parts, gallons, or board feet; and alarm systems, tachometers, and other devices that translate impulses from the sensors into alarm signals, computer inputs, or digital displays. It also provides production monitoring devices, such as tilt switches, vibration monitors, and slide gate position monitors; hazard monitoring systems; temperature sensors; digital control products for motors that require a complete closed loop proportional integral derivative control; and closed loop controllers to coordinate production speed in process motors and reduce waste. In addition, the company develops and produces HazardPRO nodes; and develops software updates to its standard products, new calibration software for its slide gate monitors, and released new versions of the HazardPRO gateway and I/O boards. The company serves grain/feed/milling, bulk material, manufacturing, food product, ethanol, and power generation industries, as well as other processing areas. It sells its products through internal sales team, manufacturer's representatives, and distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore. Electro-Sensors, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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