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

Dividends

Motorola Solutions pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Motorola Solutions pays out 49.6% 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 40.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Motorola Solutions has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Motorola Solutions and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Motorola Solutions $6.19 billion $1.60 billion 22.61
Motorola Solutions Competitors $2.41 billion $618.33 million 26.76

Motorola Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Motorola Solutions 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Motorola Solutions and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Motorola Solutions 0 3 8 0 2.73
Motorola Solutions Competitors 479 2711 4081 195 2.53

Motorola Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $93.91, suggesting a potential upside of 9.59%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 23.29%. Given Motorola Solutions’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Motorola Solutions has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Motorola Solutions and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Motorola Solutions 8.82% N/A 6.44%
Motorola Solutions Competitors -1.91% -5.43% 0.31%

Risk & Volatility

Motorola Solutions has a beta of 0.31, indicating that its stock price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Motorola Solutions’ competitors have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Motorola Solutions beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Motorola Solutions Company Profile

Motorola Solutions, Inc. is a provider of communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Products and Services. The Company’s Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories and software. The Products segment has two product lines: Devices and Systems. The primary customers of the Products segment are government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers operating private communications networks and manage a mobile workforce. The Company’s Services segment provides a range of service offerings for government, public safety and commercial communication networks. The Services segment product lines include Integration services, Managed & Support services, and Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) services.

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