Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) is one of 67 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Clearfield to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.4% of Clearfield shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clearfield and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $76.58 million $9.17 million 33.46
Clearfield Competitors $2.88 billion $624.22 million 27.44

Clearfield’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Clearfield. Clearfield 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.

Risk and Volatility

Clearfield has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearfield’s rivals have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Clearfield and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 6.87% 8.12% 7.51%
Clearfield Competitors -2.23% -5.86% 0.07%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Clearfield and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 1 0 3.00
Clearfield Competitors 368 2403 3937 157 2.57

Clearfield presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.94%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 23.23%. Given Clearfield’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Clearfield has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Clearfield beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Clearfield

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells fiber management and enclosure platform that consolidates, distributes and protects fiber as it moves from the inside plant to the outside plant and all the way to the home, business and cell site. The Company’s products include Clearview Cassette, which is the building block of its product platform; Connectivity and Optical Components; FieldSmart, which is a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes and other enclosures that house the Clearview components; FieldShield, which is a fiber delivery method for broadband deployment; CraftSmart, which is a line of optical protection field enclosures, and Cable Assemblies. Its products are sold across broadband service providers, including traditional telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, multiple service operators (cable television), wireless service providers, and municipal-owned utilities that utilize fiber in their service offerings to businesses and consumers.

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