Head-To-Head Comparison: Belden (BDC) vs. Its Competitors

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Belden and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Belden 0 3 6 0 2.67
Belden Competitors 383 2515 4041 161 2.56

Belden presently has a consensus target price of $85.86, indicating a potential upside of 4.67%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 26.04%. Given Belden’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Belden has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.9% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Belden shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% 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 is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Belden has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belden’s rivals have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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 -2.41% -6.19% 0.17%


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 51.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Belden and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Belden $2.36 billion $128.00 million 56.57
Belden Competitors $3.30 billion $346.42 million -3.33

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.


Belden beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Belden

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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