Comparing Sensata Technologies (ST) and The Competition

Sensata Technologies (NYSE: ST) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Process control instruments” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Sensata Technologies to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Sensata Technologies and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sensata Technologies $3.31 billion $408.35 million 16.96
Sensata Technologies Competitors $2.23 billion $306.10 million 26.05

Sensata Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Sensata Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Sensata Technologies has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sensata Technologies’ rivals have a beta of 0.30, suggesting that their average share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Sensata Technologies and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sensata Technologies 0 5 6 0 2.55
Sensata Technologies Competitors 55 435 837 18 2.61

Sensata Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $56.45, suggesting a potential upside of 4.35%. As a group, “Process control instruments” companies have a potential upside of 3.87%. Given Sensata Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sensata Technologies is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.9% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sensata Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of shares of all “Process control instruments” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Sensata Technologies and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sensata Technologies 12.35% 25.40% 8.47%
Sensata Technologies Competitors 5.41% -10.78% 4.89%


Sensata Technologies beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. is an industrial technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of sensors and controls. The Company operates through two segments: Performance Sensing and Sensing Solutions. It produces a range of sensors and controls for applications, such as pressure sensors in automotive systems, thermal circuit breakers in aircraft, and bimetal current and temperature control devices. Its sensors are devices that translate a physical phenomenon, such as pressure or position, into electronic signals that microprocessors can act upon. Its controls are customized devices embedded within systems to protect them from excessive heat or current. Its primary products include low-, medium-, and high-pressure sensors, speed and position sensors, bimetal electromechanical controls, temperature sensors, power conversion and control products, thermal and magnetic-hydraulic circuit breakers, pressure switches and interconnection products.

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