Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) and MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC) Comparison side by side

Since Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) and MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC) are part of the Scientific & Technical Instruments industry, they are influenced by compare. The influences particularly affect the risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation of both companies.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Garmin Ltd. 3.35B 4.68 694.08M 3.66 23.17
MTS Systems Corporation 787.05M 1.19 38.68M 1.95 28.09

Table 1 shows top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of the two companies. MTS Systems Corporation has lower revenue and earnings than Garmin Ltd. The company that is more affordable between the two has a lower price-to-earnings ratio. Garmin Ltd.?s current price-to-earnings ratio is lower than that of MTS Systems Corporation, which means that it is the affordable of the two.


Table 2 has Garmin Ltd. and MTS Systems Corporation’s return on assets, return on equity and net margins.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Garmin Ltd. 20.72% 17.5% 13.7%
MTS Systems Corporation 4.91% 8.2% 3.3%

Risk & Volatility

Garmin Ltd. is 4.00% less volatile than S&P 500 because the company has a beta of 0.96. From a competition point of view, MTS Systems Corporation has a 1.47 beta which is 47.00% more volatile compared to S&P 500.


Garmin Ltd.?s Current Ratio is 2.9 while its Quick Ratio is 2.3. On the competitive side is, MTS Systems Corporation which has a 1.8 Current Ratio and a 1.1 Quick Ratio. Garmin Ltd. is better positioned to pay off short and long-term obligations compared to MTS Systems Corporation.


Garmin Ltd. shareholders receive an annual dividend of $2.12 per share which is subject to 2.55% dividend yield. On the other side MTS Systems Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.2 per share. It’s dividend yield is 2.28%.

Analyst Recommendations

Ratings and Recommendations for Garmin Ltd. and MTS Systems Corporation can be find in next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Garmin Ltd. 1 2 0 2.67
MTS Systems Corporation 0 0 0 0.00

$75.75 is Garmin Ltd.?s consensus target price while its potential downside is -8.38%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Roughly 46.1% of Garmin Ltd. shares are owned by institutional investors while 98.8% of MTS Systems Corporation are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% are Garmin Ltd.’s share owned by insiders. Comparatively, MTS Systems Corporation has 1.4% of it’s share owned 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%
MTS Systems Corporation 1.13% 9.35% 16.34% 2.41% 10.59% 36.41%

For the past year Garmin Ltd.’s stock price has smaller growth than MTS Systems Corporation.


On 14 of the 16 factors Garmin Ltd. beats MTS Systems Corporation.

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.

MTS Systems Corporation supplies test systems and sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company’s Test segment offers road simulators for durability simulation; tire performance and rolling resistance measurement systems; moving road-plane systems and balances for aerodynamics measurements in wind tunnels; service to maintain the equipment; systems for the physical characterization of material properties, including ceramics, composites, and steel; and systems to test durability and performance of implants, prostheses, and other medical and dental materials and devices. It also provides products, systems, and software to perform static and fatigue testing of aircraft and space vehicles; products for blades, bearings, and wind turbines; structural engineering systems, such as static and dynamic testing; and seismic simulation tables to test the design of structures and establish building codes. In addition, this segment offers installation, calibration, maintenance, training, and consulting services, as well as various accessories and spare parts. It serves automobile, truck, motorcycle, motorsports vehicle, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, rail, and off-road vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as power generation, aerospace, bio-medical, wind energy, oil and gas, structural engineering, and other industries. The company’s Sensors segment offers position, test, industrial, and system sensors for acceleration, position, vibration, motion, pressure, and force measurement, as well as piezoelectric sensors and components for vibration, pressure, and force measurement. It serves automotive, aerospace, industrial, research and development, and other markets. The company sells its products through direct sales and service organizations, and independent representatives and distributors, as well as through catalogs, Internet, etc. MTS Systems Corporation was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.