BHP Billiton (NYSE: BBL) is one of 86 public companies in the “Integrated Mining” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare BHP Billiton to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.4% of BHP Billiton shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.6% of shares of all “Integrated Mining” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.0% of shares of all “Integrated Mining” companies are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares BHP Billiton and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BHP Billiton N/A N/A N/A
BHP Billiton Competitors -7,769.49% 4.30% 0.73%

Dividends

BHP Billiton pays an annual dividend of $1.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. As a group, “Integrated Mining” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.3% and pay out 48.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BHP Billiton and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BHP Billiton $38.29 billion $5.89 billion N/A
BHP Billiton Competitors $11.16 billion $994.85 million 8.20

BHP Billiton has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

BHP Billiton has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BHP Billiton’s competitors have a beta of 0.42, indicating that their average share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for BHP Billiton and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BHP Billiton 1 1 1 0 2.00
BHP Billiton Competitors 875 2902 3064 82 2.34

BHP Billiton presently has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.42%. As a group, “Integrated Mining” companies have a potential upside of 7.83%. Given BHP Billiton’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BHP Billiton has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

BHP Billiton competitors beat BHP Billiton on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton Plc is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The Copper segment is engaged in mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold. The Iron Ore segment is engaged in mining of iron ore. The Coal segment is engaged in mining of metallurgical coal and thermal (energy) coal. Its businesses include Minerals Australia, Minerals Americas, Petroleum and Marketing. It extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas from its production operations located primarily in Australia and the Americas. It manages product distribution through its global logistics chain, including freight and pipeline transportation. It sells its products through direct supply agreements with its customers and on global commodity exchanges.

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