Badger Meter (NYSE:BMI) & Its Peers Head-To-Head Analysis

Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Badger Meter to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Risk and 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 peers have a beta of 0.80, suggesting that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.9% of Badger Meter shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Badger Meter shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments 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 increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Badger Meter and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 4 1 0 2.20
Badger Meter Competitors 55 414 510 10 2.48

Badger Meter presently has a consensus price target of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.71%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 29.25%. Given Badger Meter’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Badger Meter and its peers’ 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 -5.39% 2.49% -1.05%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Badger Meter and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $393.76 million $32.29 million 38.38
Badger Meter Competitors $554.48 million $61.00 million 134.96

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

Summary

Badger Meter peers 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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