Financial Comparison: Transcat (TRNS) and TE Connectivity (NYSE:TEL)

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) and Transcat (NASDAQ:TRNS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.7% of TE Connectivity shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.2% of Transcat shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of TE Connectivity shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Transcat shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

TE Connectivity has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Transcat has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.


TE Connectivity pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Transcat does not pay a dividend. TE Connectivity pays out 46.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TE Connectivity has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.


This table compares TE Connectivity and Transcat’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TE Connectivity 9.12% 19.49% 9.71%
Transcat 3.24% 10.03% 4.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for TE Connectivity and Transcat, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TE Connectivity 0 2 9 0 2.82
Transcat 0 0 3 0 3.00

TE Connectivity currently has a consensus target price of $139.50, suggesting a potential upside of 34.22%. Transcat has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.45%. Given TE Connectivity’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe TE Connectivity is more favorable than Transcat.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TE Connectivity and Transcat’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TE Connectivity $13.11 billion 2.78 $1.68 billion $3.46 30.04
Transcat $143.90 million 0.77 $4.52 million $0.68 22.72

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


TE Connectivity beats Transcat on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

TE Connectivity Company Profile

TE Connectivity Ltd. is a technology company. The Company designs and manufactures connectivity and sensors solutions. It operates through three segments: Transportation Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Communications Solutions. The Transportation Solutions segment offers connectivity and sensor technologies. Its products are used in the automotive, commercial transportation and sensors markets. It sells primary products, including terminals and connector systems and components, sensors, relays, application tooling, and wire and heat shrink tubing. The Industrial Solutions segment is a supplier of products that connect and distribute power, data and signals. The Industrial Solutions segment offers products, such as terminals and connector systems and components; heat shrink tubing; relays, and wire and cable. The Communications Solutions segment is a supplier of electronic components for the data and devices and appliances markets.

Transcat Company Profile

Transcat, Inc. is a provider of calibration and laboratory instrument services and a distributor of professional grade test, measurement and control instrumentation. The Company conducts its business through two segments: service (Service) and distribution (Distribution). Through the Service segment, the Company offers calibration, repair, inspection, analytical qualifications, preventative maintenance and other related services, a majority of which are processed through its asset management system, CalTrak (CalTrak). Through its Distribution segment, the Company markets, sells and rents national brand instruments to customers around the globe. The Company is focused on providing its services and products to the life science industries, which include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device manufacturing and other Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated businesses.

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