Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) is one of 67 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Clearfield to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 6.87% 8.12% 7.51%
Clearfield Competitors -1.82% -6.57% 0.51%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clearfield and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $76.58 million $9.17 million 35.51
Clearfield Competitors $2.88 billion $623.96 million 27.29

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.4% of Clearfield shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Clearfield and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 1 0 3.00
Clearfield Competitors 362 2390 3915 152 2.57

Clearfield currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.30%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 21.88%. Given Clearfield’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Clearfield has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Clearfield has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearfield’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Clearfield beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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