Badger Meter (BMI) versus Its Rivals Financial Analysis

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $393.76 million $32.29 million 38.99
Badger Meter Competitors $554.48 million $61.00 million 111.81

Badger Meter’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Badger Meter. Badger Meter is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

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 0.5% and pay out 17.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Badger Meter has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

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 stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Badger Meter and its competitors’ 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% 2.91% -0.47%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Badger Meter and its competitors, 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 54 411 508 10 2.48

Badger Meter presently has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.99%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 30.52%. Given Badger Meter’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Badger Meter has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Badger Meter’s competitors have a beta of 0.77, meaning that their average stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Badger Meter competitors beat Badger Meter on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Badger Meter Company Profile

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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