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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.9% of Badger Meter shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.5% of Badger Meter shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Badger Meter pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Badger Meter pays out 45.6% 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 19.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Badger Meter has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Badger Meter and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 4 1 0 2.20
Badger Meter Competitors 53 408 508 10 2.49

Badger Meter presently has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.59%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 27.38%. Given Badger Meter’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Badger Meter 8.39% 12.62% 9.11%
Badger Meter Competitors -4.77% 2.85% -0.47%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $398.89 million $76.85 million 38.42
Badger Meter Competitors $481.66 million $95.56 million -36.40

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

Risk & Volatility

Badger Meter has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Badger Meter’s rivals have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

About Badger Meter

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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