Belden (NYSE: BDC) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Belden to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Belden pays out 8.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 41.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Belden has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden’s rivals have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Belden and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Belden 0 3 6 0 2.67
Belden Competitors 368 2400 3935 157 2.57

Belden currently has a consensus target price of $85.86, indicating a potential upside of 2.59%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 24.32%. Given Belden’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Belden has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.8% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Belden shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Belden and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Belden 5.53% 16.31% 6.21%
Belden Competitors -1.98% -5.27% 0.42%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Belden and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Belden $2.38 billion $441.71 million 36.23
Belden Competitors $2.88 billion $624.22 million 27.40

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

Summary

Belden beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Belden Company Profile

Belden Inc. is a signal transmission solutions provider company. The Company operates through five segment: Broadcast Solutions (Broadcast), Enterprise Connectivity Solutions (Enterprise), Industrial Connectivity Solutions (Industrial Connectivity), Industrial IT Solutions (Industrial IT), and Network Security Solutions (Network Security). The segments design, manufacture, and market a portfolio of signal transmission solutions for applications used in a variety of end markets, including broadcast, enterprise, and industrial. The Company’s portfolio of signal transmission solutions provides transmission of data, sound, and video for various applications. The Company’s sells its products to distributors, end users, installers, and to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company has manufacturing facilities in the United States, other manufacturing and operating facilities in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and St. Kitts, as well as in various countries in Europe.

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