Critical Survey: Belden (BDC) vs. General Cable (BGC)

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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Belden $2.39 billion 1.15 $93.21 million $5.35 12.23
General Cable $3.84 billion 0.39 -$56.60 million N/A N/A

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

Dividends

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.4% of General Cable shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Belden shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of General Cable shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Belden and General Cable, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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, indicating a potential upside of 40.28%. Given Belden’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Belden is more favorable than General Cable.

Volatility and Risk

Belden has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its stock price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Cable has a beta of 2.54, meaning that its stock price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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%

Summary

General Cable beats Belden on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 is engaged in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for use in the energy, industrial, construction, specialty and communications markets. The Company’s segments include North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa/Asia Pacific. The Company produces and sells to a range of end markets, including markets for electric utility, electrical infrastructure, communications, construction and rod mill products. As of December 31, 2016, the North America segment included 17 manufacturing facilities across the region. The Europe segment consists of six manufacturing facilities across the region. The Latin America segment consists of six manufacturing facilities across the region. The Africa/Asia Pacific segment consists of four manufacturing facilities across the segment.

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