Barnes Group (B) and Its Competitors Head to Head Review

Barnes Group (NYSE: B) is one of 52 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Barnes Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.2% of Barnes Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Barnes Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” 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.

Risk & Volatility

Barnes Group has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barnes Group’s peers have a beta of 1.20, suggesting that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Barnes Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Barnes Group pays out 19.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Barnes Group has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barnes Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Barnes Group $1.23 billion $135.60 million 22.83
Barnes Group Competitors $3.33 billion $240.04 million 434.02

Barnes Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Barnes Group. Barnes Group 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 Barnes Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barnes Group 11.20% 12.44% 6.96%
Barnes Group Competitors 4.01% -45.79% 5.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Barnes Group and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barnes Group 0 3 3 0 2.50
Barnes Group Competitors 293 1718 1835 19 2.41

Barnes Group presently has a consensus target price of $65.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.17%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 3.50%. Given Barnes Group’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Barnes Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


Barnes Group beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Barnes Group

Barnes Group Inc. is an industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving a range of end markets and customers. The Company’s engineered products, industrial technologies, and solutions are used in applications that provide transportation, manufacturing, healthcare products and technology to the world. Its segments include Industrial and Aerospace. The Industrial segment is engaged in the manufacturing of precision parts, products and systems for applications serving a customer base in end-markets, such as transportation, industrial equipment, consumer products, packaging, electronics, medical devices and energy. The Industrial segment includes the Molding Solutions, Nitrogen Gas Products and Engineered Components business units. The Aerospace segment includes the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) business and the aftermarket business, which includes maintenance repair and overhaul services and the manufacture and delivery of aerospace aftermarket spare parts.

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