Bel Fuse (NASDAQ: BELFB) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Electronic Component” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Bel Fuse to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bel Fuse 3.44% 11.61% 4.38%
Bel Fuse Competitors 1.90% -2.19% 0.48%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bel Fuse and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Bel Fuse $492.63 million $46.37 million 24.08
Bel Fuse Competitors $894.66 million $186.07 million 11.35

Bel Fuse’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Bel Fuse. Bel Fuse 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Bel Fuse and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bel Fuse 0 1 1 0 2.50
Bel Fuse Competitors 42 258 467 6 2.57

Bel Fuse presently has a consensus target price of $39.00, suggesting a potential upside of 19.08%. As a group, “Electronic Component” companies have a potential downside of 10.62%. Given Bel Fuse’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Bel Fuse is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.3% of Bel Fuse shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “Electronic Component” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of Bel Fuse shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of shares of all “Electronic Component” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Bel Fuse has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bel Fuse’s competitors have a beta of 1.03, indicating that their average share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bel Fuse pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Bel Fuse pays out 20.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electronic Component” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 51.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Bel Fuse competitors beat Bel Fuse on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Bel Fuse Company Profile

Bel Fuse Inc. (Bel) designs, manufactures and markets a range of products that power, protect and connect electronic circuits. The Company’s products include magnetic solutions, power solutions and protection, and connectivity solutions. The Company’s operating segments are North America, Asia and Europe. The Company markets magnetic solutions under the brand names, including Bel, TRP, MagJack and Signal. The Company markets power solutions and protection under the brand names, which include Bel Power Solutions, Power-One and Melcher. The Company markets connectivity solutions under the brand names Stratos, Fibreco, Cinch, Johnson, Trompeter, Midwest Microwave, Semflex and Stewart Connector. The Company’s products are used in the networking, telecommunications, computing, military, aerospace, transportation and broadcasting industries. Bel’s portfolio of products has application in the automotive, medical and consumer electronics markets.

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