Financial Contrast: Belden (BDC) versus The Competition
Belden (NYSE: BDC) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Belden to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and valuation.
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.
Volatility & Risk
Belden has a beta of 2.26, indicating that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, indicating that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Belden and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Belden currently has a consensus price target of $85.86, indicating a potential upside of 7.44%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 22.60%. Given Belden’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Belden has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Belden and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Belden||$2.38 billion||$441.71 million||34.59|
|Belden Competitors||$2.41 billion||$618.60 million||28.71|
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.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
64.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Belden shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
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 competitors beat Belden 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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