Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) and Belden (NYSE:BDC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Clearfield and Belden, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 1 0 3.00
Belden 0 3 6 0 2.67

Clearfield presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.97%. Belden has a consensus price target of $85.86, indicating a potential upside of 8.09%. Given Clearfield’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Clearfield is more favorable than Belden.

Risk & Volatility

Clearfield has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden has a beta of 2.27, suggesting that its share price is 127% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $76.58 million 2.26 $9.17 million $0.39 31.80
Belden $2.38 billion 1.41 $441.71 million $2.31 34.39

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.4% of Clearfield shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Belden shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 6.87% 8.12% 7.51%
Belden 5.53% 16.31% 6.21%

Clearfield Company Profile

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells fiber management and enclosure platform that consolidates, distributes and protects fiber as it moves from the inside plant to the outside plant and all the way to the home, business and cell site. The Company’s products include Clearview Cassette, which is the building block of its product platform; Connectivity and Optical Components; FieldSmart, which is a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes and other enclosures that house the Clearview components; FieldShield, which is a fiber delivery method for broadband deployment; CraftSmart, which is a line of optical protection field enclosures, and Cable Assemblies. Its products are sold across broadband service providers, including traditional telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, multiple service operators (cable television), wireless service providers, and municipal-owned utilities that utilize fiber in their service offerings to businesses and consumers.

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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