Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is one of 99 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Brady Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Brady Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.83 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Brady Corporation pays out 45.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.1% and pay out 27.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Brady Corporation has increased its dividend for 31 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brady Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Brady Corporation $1.11 billion $158.32 million 20.98
Brady Corporation Competitors $1.10 billion $177.95 million 22.83

Brady Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Brady Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Brady Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brady Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00
Brady Corporation Competitors 619 1835 2582 62 2.41

Brady Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $38.33, suggesting a potential downside of 0.69%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.83%. Given Brady Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Brady Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.0% of Brady Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of Brady Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Brady Corporation has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brady Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brady Corporation 8.59% 13.93% 8.84%
Brady Corporation Competitors -53.40% -160.64% 0.32%

Summary

Brady Corporation beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Brady Corporation Company Profile

Brady Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of identification solutions and workplace safety products that identify and protect premises, products and people. The Company has two segments: Identification Solutions (IDS) and Workplace Safety (WPS). The IDS segment includes identification and healthcare products, and the WPS segment includes workplace safety and compliance products. The IDS segment offers products that are manufactured under various brands, including the Brady brand, and are primarily sold through distribution to a range of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) customers, and through other channels. The WPS segment offers a range of product categories, such as safety and compliance signs, tags, and labels; informational and architectural signage; industrial warehouse and office equipment, and labor law compliance posters. Its brands include Electromark, Identicard, PromoVision, Scafftag, Seton and Emedco.

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