Barnes Group (B) & The Competition Head to Head Review

Barnes Group (NYSE: B) is one of 60 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Barnes Group to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.0% of Barnes Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.3% 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, 5.3% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Barnes Group has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barnes Group’s peers have a beta of 1.20, indicating that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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 3.16% -36.27% 4.82%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Barnes Group and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barnes Group 0 3 3 0 2.50
Barnes Group Competitors 300 1738 1840 19 2.40

Barnes Group currently has a consensus price target of $65.60, suggesting a potential upside of 4.91%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 3.69%. Given Barnes Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Barnes Group is more favorable than its peers.


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 36.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Barnes Group has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Barnes Group $1.23 billion $135.60 million 22.02
Barnes Group Competitors $3.33 billion $238.81 million 445.49

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.


Barnes Group beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Barnes Group Company Profile

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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