Head to Head Analysis: Belden (BDC) and Its Rivals

Belden (NYSE: BDC) is one of 64 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Belden to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Belden and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Belden $2.36 billion $128.00 million 56.92
Belden Competitors $3.30 billion $346.33 million 23.08

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

Volatility & Risk

Belden has a beta of 2.26, indicating that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden’s rivals have a beta of 1.10, indicating that their average stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Belden pays out 13.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 47.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.6% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Belden shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Belden and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Belden 0 3 6 0 2.67
Belden Competitors 386 2508 4057 165 2.56

Belden currently has a consensus target price of $85.86, suggesting a potential upside of 4.03%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 16.09%. Given Belden’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Belden has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


This table compares Belden and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Belden 4.03% 17.52% 6.76%
Belden Competitors 0.07% -6.39% 1.36%


Belden rivals beat Belden on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Belden Company Profile

Belden Inc. is a signal transmission solutions provider company. The Company operates through five segment: Broadcast Solutions (Broadcast), Enterprise Connectivity Solutions (Enterprise), Industrial Connectivity Solutions (Industrial Connectivity), Industrial IT Solutions (Industrial IT), and Network Security Solutions (Network Security). The segments design, manufacture, and market a portfolio of signal transmission solutions for applications used in a variety of end markets, including broadcast, enterprise, and industrial. The Company’s portfolio of signal transmission solutions provides transmission of data, sound, and video for various applications. The Company’s sells its products to distributors, end users, installers, and to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company has manufacturing facilities in the United States, other manufacturing and operating facilities in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and St. Kitts, as well as in various countries in Europe.

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