Badger Meter (NYSE: BMI) is one of 28 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 risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Badger Meter and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 3 1 0 2.25
Badger Meter Competitors 93 493 545 17 2.42

Badger Meter presently has a consensus price target of $44.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.21%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 21.62%. Given Badger Meter’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly 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 8.67% 13.19% 9.52%
Badger Meter Competitors -5.43% 1.58% -1.24%

Risk and Volatility

Badger Meter has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Badger Meter’s rivals have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Badger Meter and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $395.15 million $77.75 million 43.33
Badger Meter Competitors $499.43 million $99.03 million -4.17

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.

Dividends

Badger Meter pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Badger Meter pays out 44.4% 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 21.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Badger Meter has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.0% of Badger Meter shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% 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, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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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