Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI) is one of 29 public companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Badger Meter to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Badger Meter pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Badger Meter pays out 44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 21.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Badger Meter has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Badger Meter 8.67% 13.19% 9.52%
Badger Meter Competitors -4.69% 2.35% -0.52%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Badger Meter and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 3 1 0 2.25
Badger Meter Competitors 48 395 499 9 2.49

Badger Meter currently has a consensus price target of $49.33, indicating a potential downside of 4.39%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.82%. Given Badger Meter’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Badger Meter has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Badger Meter’s competitors have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.0% of Badger Meter shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Badger Meter shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Badger Meter and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $395.15 million $77.75 million 44.10
Badger Meter Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million -1.76

Badger Meter’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Badger Meter. Badger Meter 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.

Summary

Badger Meter competitors beat Badger Meter on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Badger Meter Company Profile

Badger Meter, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of products incorporating flow measurement, control and communication solutions, serving water utilities, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers around the world. The Company’s products measure water, oil, chemicals and other fluids, provide and communicate timely measurement data. Its product lines include two categories: sales of water meters and related technologies to municipal water utilities (municipal water), and sales of meters to various industries for water and other fluids (flow instrumentation). The municipal water offering includes mechanical and ultrasonic (electronic) water meters and related technologies and services used by water utilities as the basis for generating water and wastewater. The flow instrumentation category includes the sale of meters and valves around the world to measure and control materials flowing through a pipe or pipeline, including air, steam, oil, and other liquids and gases.

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