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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Belden $2.38 billion $441.71 million 34.39
Belden Competitors $2.88 billion $624.22 million 28.55

Belden’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Belden. Belden 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 Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Belden and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Belden 0 3 6 0 2.67
Belden Competitors 369 2415 3948 158 2.57

Belden currently has a consensus target price of $85.86, indicating a potential upside of 8.09%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 22.88%. Given Belden’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Belden has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. 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 44.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Belden shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% 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 is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Belden and its competitors’ 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 -2.42% -4.54% 0.16%

Summary

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

About Belden

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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