BCE (BCE) and Its Rivals Head-To-Head Contrast
BCE (NYSE: BCE) is one of 46 public companies in the “Integrated Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare BCE to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.
This table compares BCE and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
BCE pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. BCE pays out 93.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.8% and pay out 796.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BCE is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares BCE and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|BCE||$18.26 billion||$6.84 billion||19.23|
|BCE Competitors||$13.12 billion||$4.38 billion||3.56|
BCE has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. BCE 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.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
42.7% of BCE shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.0% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of BCE shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of shares of all “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for BCE and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
BCE presently has a consensus price target of $57.80, suggesting a potential upside of 23.21%. As a group, “Integrated Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 42.93%. Given BCE’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BCE has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Volatility & Risk
BCE has a beta of 0.35, suggesting that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BCE’s peers have a beta of 1.05, suggesting that their average share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.
BCE beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
BCE Inc. is a communications company. The Company’s segments include Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline and Bell Media. Its Bell Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data communications products and services to its residential, small and medium-sized business and large enterprise customers across Canada. Its Bell Wireline segment provides data, including Internet access and Internet protocol television (IPTV), local telephone, long distance, as well as other communications services and products to its residential, small and medium-sized business and large enterprise customers, primarily in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, while Satellite television (TV) service and connectivity to business customers are available nationally across Canada. Its Bell Media segment provides conventional, specialty and pay Television, digital media, and radio broadcasting services and out of home (OOH) advertising services to customers across Canada.
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