Comparing Trimble (TRMB) & Tableau Software (DATA)

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Tableau Software (NYSE:DATA) are both mid-cap 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.7% of Trimble shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.1% of Tableau Software shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Trimble shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 29.0% of Tableau Software shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Trimble and Tableau Software’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trimble $2.36 billion 4.37 $132.40 million $0.76 53.91
Tableau Software $826.94 million 6.78 -$144.44 million ($2.12) -33.19

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

Volatility and Risk

Trimble has a beta of 2.35, suggesting that its share price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tableau Software has a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trimble 7.66% 12.97% 8.05%
Tableau Software -18.76% -20.89% -12.59%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Trimble and Tableau Software, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trimble 0 5 5 0 2.50
Tableau Software 2 16 13 0 2.35

Trimble currently has a consensus target price of $41.22, suggesting a potential upside of 0.62%. Tableau Software has a consensus target price of $71.16, suggesting a potential upside of 1.14%. Given Tableau Software’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tableau Software is more favorable than Trimble.

Summary

Trimble beats Tableau Software on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Trimble

Trimble Inc., formerly Trimble Navigation Limited, is engaged in providing technology solutions that enable professionals and field mobile workers to transform their work processes. The Company’s solutions are used across a range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, civil engineering, survey and land administration, construction, geospatial, government, natural resources, transportation and utilities. The Company’s business segments include Building and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resource and utilities and Transportation. The Buildings and Infrastructure segment serves customers working in architecture, engineering, construction and operations and maintenance. The Geospatial segment primarily serves customers working in surveying, engineering, government and land management. The Resources and Utilities segment serves customers working in agriculture, forestry, and utilities. The Transportation segment serves customers working in transportation.

About Tableau Software

Tableau Software, Inc. (Tableau) offers software products. The Company’s products are used by people of diverse skill levels across all kinds of organizations. The Company’s products are used by people of skill levels across all kinds of organizations. Its technologies include visual query language (VizQL) and Hybrid Data Architecture. VizQL unifies the formerly disparate tasks of query and visualization and allows users to transform questions into pictures without the need for software scripts, chart wizards or dialogue boxes. The Company’s products include Tableau Desktop, a self-service product for anyone with data; Tableau Server, a business intelligence platform for organizations; Tableau Online, a hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) version of Tableau Server; Tableau Public, a cloud-based platform for analyzing and sharing public data, and Vizable, an application used to analyze data on a tablet.

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