Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI) and General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Itron and General Cable Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Itron||$1.98 billion||1.42||$221.70 million||$0.80||91.00|
|General Cable Corporation||$3.70 billion||0.26||$209.90 million||($3.57)||-5.38|
Itron has higher revenue, but lower earnings than General Cable Corporation. General Cable Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Itron, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk and Volatility
Itron has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Cable Corporation has a beta of 2.84, indicating that its share price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500.
General Cable Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Itron does not pay a dividend. General Cable Corporation pays out -20.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
93.8% of Itron shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.9% of General Cable Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Itron shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of General Cable Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Itron and General Cable Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|General Cable Corporation||0||2||0||0||2.00|
Itron currently has a consensus target price of $80.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.89%. Given Itron’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Itron is more favorable than General Cable Corporation.
This table compares Itron and General Cable Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|General Cable Corporation||-4.80%||13.47%||1.10%|
Itron beats General Cable Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.
About General Cable Corporation
General Cable Corporation is engaged in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for use in the energy, industrial, construction, specialty and communications markets. The Company’s segments include North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa/Asia Pacific. The Company produces and sells to a range of end markets, including markets for electric utility, electrical infrastructure, communications, construction and rod mill products. As of December 31, 2016, the North America segment included 17 manufacturing facilities across the region. The Europe segment consists of six manufacturing facilities across the region. The Latin America segment consists of six manufacturing facilities across the region. The Africa/Asia Pacific segment consists of four manufacturing facilities across the segment.
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