Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Lexmark International to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Lexmark International and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lexmark International 2.17% 7.30% 2.01%
Lexmark International Competitors 4.03% 10.45% 6.20%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Lexmark International and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lexmark International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lexmark International Competitors 266 1404 3158 116 2.63

As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 2.27%. Given Lexmark International’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lexmark International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lexmark International and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lexmark International N/A N/A -37.49
Lexmark International Competitors $21.04 billion $4.38 billion 20.45

Lexmark International’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Lexmark International. Lexmark International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.8% of Lexmark International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Lexmark International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Lexmark International has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lexmark International’s competitors have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Lexmark International pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Lexmark International pays out -133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.6% and pay out 58.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Lexmark International has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Lexmark International is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Lexmark International competitors beat Lexmark International on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

Lexmark International Company Profile

Lexmark International, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services. The Company’s software scans everything from spreadsheets to medical images, and provides services to banking, healthcare, insurance and retail companies. It creates enterprise software, hardware and services that remove inefficiencies of information silos and disconnected processes. It offers various services, such as managed print services, hardware warranty and repair service, professional services and enterprise software services. It offers solutions, such as financial process automation, business process management, Web information integration and consumer loan origination. Its hardware category includes equipment collection program, and Smart multifunction product (MFP) includes device management and mobile print solutions. It produces and distributes millions of supplies each year, including ink, toner and paper.

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