Black Box (NASDAQ: BBOX) is one of 47 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Black Box to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Black Box and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Box -5.09% -28.28% -9.31%
Black Box Competitors 0.45% -1.09% 1.19%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Black Box and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Box 0 1 0 0 2.00
Black Box Competitors 611 1684 1940 74 2.34

Black Box currently has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 227.87%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 32.55%. Given Black Box’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Black Box is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Black Box and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Box $828.90 million $20.29 million -2.82
Black Box Competitors $12.69 billion $4.23 billion 1.16

Black Box’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Black Box. Black Box 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.

Dividends

Black Box pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 15.7%. Black Box pays out -44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.0% and pay out 829.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Black Box is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Black Box has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Black Box’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.0% of Black Box shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Black Box shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Black Box rivals beat Black Box on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About Black Box

Black Box Corporation is a technology solutions provider. The Company is engaged in designing, building, managing and securing the information technology (IT) infrastructure. Offerings under the Company’s Products platform include IT infrastructure, specialty networking, multimedia and keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switching. Offerings under its Services platform include unified communications, data infrastructure and managed services. It conducts business globally and manages its business on a geographic-service type basis consisting of four segments: North America Products, North America Services, International Products and International Services. The offerings of its Products platform are distributed through value-added resellers, direct marketing manufacturers, mass merchandisers, Web retailers and others. The offerings of its Services platform are distributed through value-added resellers, manufacturers and large system integrators, among others.

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