Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CIEN) and Belden (NYSE:BDC) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ciena Corporation and Belden’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ciena Corporation $2.72 billion 1.27 $345.32 million $0.76 32.00
Belden $2.38 billion 1.28 $441.71 million $2.31 31.30

Belden has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ciena Corporation. Belden is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ciena Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Ciena Corporation has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden has a beta of 2.28, suggesting that its stock price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ciena Corporation and Belden’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ciena Corporation 4.13% 25.56% 6.93%
Belden 5.53% 16.31% 6.21%

Dividends

Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Ciena Corporation does not pay a dividend. Belden pays out 8.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Ciena Corporation and Belden, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ciena Corporation 0 5 16 0 2.76
Belden 0 4 6 0 2.60

Ciena Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $30.25, suggesting a potential upside of 24.38%. Belden has a consensus target price of $84.38, suggesting a potential upside of 16.70%. Given Ciena Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ciena Corporation is more favorable than Belden.

Summary

Ciena Corporation beats Belden on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ciena Corporation Company Profile

Ciena Corporation is a network strategy and technology company, which provides solutions that enable a range of network operators to adopt communication architectures and deliver an array of services, relied upon by enterprise and consumer end users. It provides equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery and management of voice, video and data traffic on communications networks. It segments include Networking Platforms; Software and Software-Related Services, and Global Services. The Networking Platforms segment consists of Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking and Optical Transport product portfolios. The software business is engaged in the development and licensing of element and network management software and software-related services that support its hardware offerings. It offers a suite of consulting and support services that help its customers to design, optimize, deploy and maintain their communications networks.

Belden Company Profile

Belden Inc. is a signal transmission solutions provider company. The Company operates through five segment: Broadcast Solutions (Broadcast), Enterprise Connectivity Solutions (Enterprise), Industrial Connectivity Solutions (Industrial Connectivity), Industrial IT Solutions (Industrial IT), and Network Security Solutions (Network Security). The segments design, manufacture, and market a portfolio of signal transmission solutions for applications used in a variety of end markets, including broadcast, enterprise, and industrial. The Company’s portfolio of signal transmission solutions provides transmission of data, sound, and video for various applications. The Company’s sells its products to distributors, end users, installers, and to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company has manufacturing facilities in the United States, other manufacturing and operating facilities in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and St. Kitts, as well as in various countries in Europe.

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