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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $76.58 million $9.17 million 33.46
Clearfield Competitors $2.88 billion $624.22 million 27.44

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 & Institutional Ownership

27.4% of Clearfield shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned 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.

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 -2.07% -5.57% 0.27%

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 1 0 3.00
Clearfield Competitors 368 2403 3937 157 2.57

Clearfield presently has a consensus target price of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.94%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 23.23%. Given Clearfield’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Clearfield has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

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