Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Electro-Sensors, Inc. manufactures and sells industrial production monitoring and process control systems.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with questionable track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Electro-Sensors's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: ELSE has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




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US Market

1 Year Return




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US Market

Return vs Industry: ELSE exceeded the US Electronic industry which returned 2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ELSE underperformed the US Market which returned 14% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Dayn/a-4.2%-4.2%
30 Day-1.6%-8.2%-1.8%
90 Day3.1%-4.5%2.6%
1 Year12.5%12.5%3.0%2.0%16.3%14.0%
3 Year-11.4%-11.4%31.5%27.9%43.2%34.0%
5 Year-8.2%-8.2%60.5%52.6%65.9%47.6%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Electro-Sensors's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Electro-Sensors undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ELSE ($3.67) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($1.37)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ELSE is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ELSE is poor value based on its PE Ratio (89.7x) compared to the Electronic industry average (18.7x).

PE vs Market: ELSE is poor value based on its PE Ratio (89.7x) compared to the US market (17.7x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate ELSE's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ELSE is good value based on its PB Ratio (1x) compared to the US Electronic industry average (1.9x).

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Future Growth

How is Electro-Sensors forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?


Forecasted Tech industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Electro-Sensors has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has Electro-Sensors performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ELSE has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: ELSE became profitable in the past.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ELSE's earnings have declined by -52.6% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: ELSE has become profitable in the last year, making the earnings growth rate difficult to compare to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: ELSE has become profitable in the last year, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Electronic industry (12%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: ELSE's Return on Equity (1.1%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Electro-Sensors's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: ELSE's short term assets ($11.8M) exceed its short term liabilities ($741.0K).

Long Term Liabilities: ELSE's short term assets ($11.8M) exceed its long term liabilities ($20.0K).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: ELSE is debt free.

Reducing Debt: ELSE has no debt compared to 5 years ago when its debt to equity ratio was 6.8%.

Debt Coverage: ELSE has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: ELSE has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: ELSE has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: Insufficient data to determine if ELSE's debt is covered by short term assets.

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What is Electro-Sensors's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate ELSE's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate ELSE's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if ELSE's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if ELSE's dividend payments have been increasing.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: ELSE is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of ELSE's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average board tenure


David Klenk (54yo)





Mr. David L. Klenk has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Electro-Sensors Inc. since July 23, 2013 and its President since 2013. Mr. Klenk served as Chief Operating Officer of  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: David's total compensation ($USD254.25K) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD522.62K).

Compensation vs Earnings: David's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Board Members

David Klenk
CEO, President6.6yrsUS$254.25k0.023% $2.8k
Joseph Marino
Independent Chairman of the Board0yrsUS$15.75kno data
Scott Gabbard
Independent Director6.6yrsUS$17.25kno data
Jeffrey Peterson
Director9.1yrsUS$8.75k4.42% $550.5k
Michael Zipoy
Independent Director8.1yrsUS$17.25k0.29% $36.7k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: ELSE's board of directors are considered experienced (7.4 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Electro-Sensors, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Electro-Sensors, Inc.
  • Ticker: ELSE
  • Exchange: NasdaqCM
  • Founded: 1968
  • Industry: Electronic Equipment and Instruments
  • Sector: Tech
  • Market Cap: US$12.462m
  • Shares outstanding: 3.40m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Electro-Sensors, Inc.
  • 6111 Blue Circle Drive
  • Minnetonka
  • Minnesota
  • 55343
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ELSENasdaqCM (Nasdaq Capital Market)YesCommon StockUSUSDFeb 1981


Electro-Sensors, Inc. manufactures and sells industrial production monitoring and process control systems. The company manufactures and sells various monitoring systems that measure machine production and operation rates, as well as systems that regulate the speed of related machines in production processes. Its 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. The company’s temperature application products consist of bearing, gear box, and motor temperature monitoring sensors. It also offers production monitoring devices that include a belt alignment and slide gate position monitors; vibration monitoring products; and tilt switches. In addition, the company provides hazard monitoring systems, which integrate its sensors for monitoring temperature, belt misalignment, and shaft speed; and wireless hazard technology monitoring systems under the HazardPRO product name, as well as HazardPRO software. It serves customers in various industries, such as grain, feed, milling, bulk material, manufacturing, food product, ethanol, power generation, and other processing industries. The company 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 headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/24 23:48
End of Day Share Price2020/02/24 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.