Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Computer Hardware” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Lexmark International to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.
Lexmark International pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Lexmark International pays out -133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 70.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Lexmark International has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Lexmark International is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Volatility and Risk
Lexmark International has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lexmark International’s peers have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Lexmark International and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Lexmark International Competitors||$21.04 billion||$4.38 billion||20.32|
Lexmark International’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Lexmark International. Lexmark International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This table compares Lexmark International and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Lexmark International Competitors||3.86%||10.24%||6.07%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
81.8% of Lexmark International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Lexmark International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Computer Hardware” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Lexmark International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Lexmark International Competitors||267||1407||3162||116||2.63|
As a group, “Computer Hardware” companies have a potential downside of 4.31%. Given Lexmark International’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lexmark International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Lexmark International peers beat Lexmark International on 6 of the 10 factors compared.
About Lexmark International
Lexmark International, Inc. is a United States-based company, which is a provider of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services. The Company’s software scans everything from spreadsheets to medical images, and provides services to banking, healthcare, insurance and retail companies. It creates enterprise software, hardware and services that remove inefficiencies of information silos and disconnected processes. It offers various services, such as managed print services, hardware warranty and repair service, professional services and enterprise software services. It offers solutions, such as financial process automation, business process management, Web information integration and consumer loan origination. Its hardware category includes equipment collection program, and Smart multifunction product (MFP) includes device management and mobile print solutions. It produces and distributes millions of supplies each year, including ink, toner and paper.
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