Badger Meter (BMI) and Its Rivals Head to Head Survey

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Badger Meter and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Badger Meter 0 3 1 0 2.25
Badger Meter Competitors 48 391 497 9 2.49

Badger Meter presently has a consensus target price of $49.33, suggesting a potential downside of 1.63%. As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 19.32%. Given Badger Meter’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Badger Meter and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Badger Meter $395.15 million $77.75 million 42.86
Badger Meter Competitors $481.50 million $95.49 million -3.35

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

Volatility and Risk

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.0% of Badger Meter shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.5% of Badger Meter shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Badger Meter and its competitors’ 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 -4.90% 2.01% -0.80%

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 increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Summary

Badger Meter competitors beat Badger Meter on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Badger Meter Company Profile

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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