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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $395.15 million $77.75 million 37.72
Badger Meter Competitors $481.50 million $95.60 million 3.58

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Badger Meter and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 4 1 0 2.20
Badger Meter Competitors 49 400 500 9 2.49

Badger Meter presently has a consensus price target of $48.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.63%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 19.89%. Given Badger Meter’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than its peers.

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 21.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Badger Meter has raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

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

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 company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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 -5.00% 2.48% -0.70%

Summary

Badger Meter peers 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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