Clearfield (CLFD) and Its Competitors Head to Head Comparison

Clearfield (NASDAQ: CLFD) is one of 70 public companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Clearfield to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Clearfield and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearfield 0 0 1 0 3.00
Clearfield Competitors 383 2515 4042 161 2.56

Clearfield presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.76%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 24.56%. Given Clearfield’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Clearfield has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Clearfield and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearfield 6.87% 8.12% 7.51%
Clearfield Competitors -2.41% -6.19% 0.17%

Risk & Volatility

Clearfield has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearfield’s peers have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearfield $75.29 million $8.01 million 36.03
Clearfield Competitors $3.30 billion $346.42 million -2.75

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.0% of Clearfield shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.3% of Clearfield shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Clearfield beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Clearfield

Clearfield, Inc. manufactures, markets and sells fiber management and enclosure platform that consolidates, distributes and protects fiber as it moves from the inside plant to the outside plant and all the way to the home, business and cell site. The Company’s products include Clearview Cassette, which is the building block of its product platform; Connectivity and Optical Components; FieldSmart, which is a series of panels, cabinets, wall boxes and other enclosures that house the Clearview components; FieldShield, which is a fiber delivery method for broadband deployment; CraftSmart, which is a line of optical protection field enclosures, and Cable Assemblies. Its products are sold across broadband service providers, including traditional telephone companies, competitive local exchange carriers, multiple service operators (cable television), wireless service providers, and municipal-owned utilities that utilize fiber in their service offerings to businesses and consumers.

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