Contrasting Belden (BDC) and General Cable (BGC)

Belden (NYSE: BDC) and General Cable (NYSE:BGC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.


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Belden pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. General Cable pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Belden pays out 3.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Belden and General Cable’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Belden $2.39 billion 1.20 $93.21 million $5.35 12.82
General Cable $3.84 billion 0.39 -$56.60 million N/A N/A

Belden has higher earnings, but lower revenue than General Cable.


This table compares Belden and General Cable’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Belden 3.90% 18.20% 6.97%
General Cable -1.48% 45.96% 2.83%

Volatility and Risk

Belden has a beta of 2.35, suggesting that its share price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Cable has a beta of 2.55, suggesting that its share price is 155% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Belden and General Cable, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Belden 0 1 7 0 2.88
General Cable 0 0 0 0 N/A

Belden presently has a consensus target price of $91.80, suggesting a potential upside of 33.86%. Given Belden’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Belden is more favorable than General Cable.

About Belden

Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets signal transmission solutions worldwide. It operates through Broadcast Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, Industrial Solutions, and Network Solutions segments. The Broadcast Solutions segment offers camera solutions, production switchers, server and storage systems for instant replay applications, interfaces and routers, monitoring systems, in-home network systems, playout systems, outside plant connectivity products, and other cable, and connectivity products. The Enterprise Solutions segment provides copper cable and connectivity solutions, fiber cable and connectivity solutions, and racks and enclosures; and power, cooling, and airflow management products for mission-critical data center operations. The Industrial Solutions segment offers infrastructure components and on-machine connectivity systems, including industrial and input/output (I/O) connectors, industrial cables, IP and networking cables, I/O modules, distribution boxes, ruggedized controls and sensors, customer specific wiring solutions, and controllers and sensors for use in industrial automation applications. The Network Solutions provides foundational controls for protecting enterprises against cyberattacks, automating IT regulatory compliance and improving operational efficiency; and software and services that protect against cyberattacks and data breaches with integrated security controls that discover assets, harden configurations, identify vulnerabilities and detect threats. It sells its products to distributors, end-users, installers, and original equipment manufacturers. The company was formerly known as Belden CDT Inc. and changed its name to Belden Inc. in May 2007. Belden Inc. was founded in 1902 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

About General Cable

General Cable Corporation develops, designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes copper, aluminum, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, construction, specialty, and communications markets. It offers electric utility products, including low- and medium-voltage distribution cables; high- and extra-high voltage power transmission cables; bare overhead conductors; and submarine transmission and distribution cables. The company also provides electrical infrastructure products, such as rubber-and plastic-jacketed wires and cables, low- and medium-voltage industrial power cables, and cable wire harnesses, as well as rail and mass transit, shipboard, oil and gas, armored mining, and alternative energy power generation cables. In addition, it offers communications products comprising high-bandwidth twisted copper and fiber optic, multi conductor and pair fiber and copper networking, telecommunications exchange, coaxial, and low detection profile cables, as well as fiber-optic submarine cable systems, submarine networks, and offshore integration systems. Further, the company provides construction products consisting of construction cables, flexible cords, halogen-free, low-smoke, and flame retardant cables, as well as rod mill products, including copper and aluminum rods. Additionally, it offers design, integration, and installation services for products, such as high and extra-high voltage terrestrial and submarine systems. The company sells its products directly to utilities, independent distributors, retailers, contractors, and original equipment manufacturers in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa/the Asia Pacific. General Cable Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

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