C.R. Bard (NYSE: BCR) is one of 84 public companies in the “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare C.R. Bard to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.2% of C.R. Bard shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.1% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of C.R. Bard shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.0% of shares of all “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for C.R. Bard and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C.R. Bard 0 7 0 0 2.00
C.R. Bard Competitors 326 1495 2617 105 2.55

C.R. Bard currently has a consensus price target of $282.29, suggesting a potential downside of 11.92%. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 9.71%. Given C.R. Bard’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe C.R. Bard has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares C.R. Bard and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
C.R. Bard 14.99% 48.70% 15.89%
C.R. Bard Competitors -127.23% -36.71% -10.11%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares C.R. Bard and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
C.R. Bard $3.83 billion $1.18 billion 42.12
C.R. Bard Competitors $827.23 million $159.49 million 35.82

C.R. Bard has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. C.R. Bard 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.

Dividends

C.R. Bard pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. C.R. Bard pays out 13.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.8% and pay out 37.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. C.R. Bard has increased its dividend for 45 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

C.R. Bard has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, C.R. Bard’s peers have a beta of 1.08, meaning that their average stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

C.R. Bard peers beat C.R. Bard on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About C.R. Bard

C. R. Bard, Inc. (Bard) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution and sale of medical, surgical, diagnostic and patient care devices. The Company operates through the manufacture and sale of medical devices segment. It sells a range of products to hospitals, individual healthcare professionals, extended care facilities and alternate site facilities on a global basis. Its vascular products cover a range of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and end-stage renal disease. Its urology products include basic urology drainage products, fecal and urinary continence products, urological specialty products and Targeted Temperature Management products. Its oncology products cover a range of devices used in the treatment and management of various cancers, and other diseases and disorders. Its surgical specialty products include implanted patches and fixation devices for hernia and soft tissue repairs.

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