Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Communications & Networking” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Motorola Solutions to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Motorola Solutions pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Motorola Solutions pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 40.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Motorola Solutions has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Motorola Solutions and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Motorola Solutions 0 3 8 0 2.73
Motorola Solutions Competitors 475 2704 4076 195 2.54

Motorola Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $93.91, indicating a potential upside of 10.65%. As a group, “Communications & Networking” companies have a potential upside of 24.68%. Given Motorola Solutions’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Motorola Solutions has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Motorola Solutions has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Motorola Solutions’ competitors have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Motorola Solutions and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Motorola Solutions $6.19 billion $1.60 billion 22.39
Motorola Solutions Competitors $2.41 billion $618.15 million 26.13

Motorola Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Motorola Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Motorola Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of shares of all “Communications & Networking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Motorola Solutions and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Motorola Solutions 10.38% -93.44% 10.07%
Motorola Solutions Competitors -1.66% -6.42% 0.52%

Summary

Motorola Solutions beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Motorola Solutions Company Profile

Motorola Solutions, Inc. is a provider of communication infrastructure, devices, accessories, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Products and Services. The Company’s Products segment offers a portfolio of infrastructure, devices, accessories and software. The Products segment has two product lines: Devices and Systems. The primary customers of the Products segment are government, public safety and first-responder agencies, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers operating private communications networks and manage a mobile workforce. The Company’s Services segment provides a range of service offerings for government, public safety and commercial communication networks. The Services segment product lines include Integration services, Managed & Support services, and Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) services.

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