Reviewing Keysight Technologies (KEYS) & Badger Meter (BMI)

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) and Badger Meter (NYSE:BMI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Keysight Technologies and Badger Meter’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Keysight Technologies $2.92 billion 2.77 $335.00 million $1.33 32.77
Badger Meter $393.76 million 3.23 $32.29 million $1.14 38.38

Keysight Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Badger Meter. Keysight Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Badger Meter, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Badger Meter pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Keysight Technologies does not pay a dividend. Badger Meter pays out 45.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Badger Meter has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.9% of Keysight Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.9% of Badger Meter shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Keysight Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Badger Meter shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Keysight Technologies and Badger Meter, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Keysight Technologies 0 2 8 0 2.80
Badger Meter 0 4 1 0 2.20

Keysight Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $47.33, indicating a potential upside of 8.61%. Badger Meter has a consensus price target of $48.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.71%. Given Badger Meter’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Badger Meter is more favorable than Keysight Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Keysight Technologies has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Badger Meter has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Keysight Technologies and Badger Meter’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Keysight Technologies 7.58% 20.85% 8.06%
Badger Meter 8.39% 12.62% 9.11%

Summary

Keysight Technologies beats Badger Meter on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a measurement company engaged in providing electronic design and test solutions to communications and electronics industries. The Company provides electronic design and test instruments and systems and related software, software design tools and related services that are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronics equipment. The Company operates through three segments: Communications Solutions Group (CSG), Electronic Industrial Solutions Group (EISG) and Services Solutions Group (SSG). The CSG and EISG segments provide electronic design and test software, instruments, and systems used in the simulation, design, validation, manufacturing, installation and optimization of electronic equipment. The SSG segment provides integrated service solutions, including repair and calibration services, professional services and remanufactured equipment.

About Badger Meter

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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