Head-To-Head Analysis: B/E Aerospace (BEAV) & Astronics Corporation (ATRO)

B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ: BEAV) and Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

B/E Aerospace pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Astronics Corporation does not pay a dividend. B/E Aerospace pays out 27.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.0% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.6% of Astronics Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of Astronics Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares B/E Aerospace and Astronics Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B/E Aerospace 8.27% 118.81% 7.21%
Astronics Corporation 6.73% 12.12% 6.72%

Risk & Volatility

B/E Aerospace has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Astronics Corporation has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for B/E Aerospace and Astronics Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B/E Aerospace 0 9 1 0 2.10
Astronics Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

B/E Aerospace presently has a consensus price target of $60.17, indicating a potential downside of 6.67%. Astronics Corporation has a consensus price target of $35.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.74%. Given Astronics Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Astronics Corporation is more favorable than B/E Aerospace.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares B/E Aerospace and Astronics Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B/E Aerospace N/A N/A N/A $3.08 20.93
Astronics Corporation $612.68 million 1.45 $86.53 million $1.38 22.42

Astronics Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than B/E Aerospace. B/E Aerospace is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Astronics Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

B/E Aerospace Company Profile

B/E Aerospace, Inc. is a manufacturer of cabin interior products for commercial aircraft and business jets. The Company sells its products and provides services directly to airlines and aerospace manufacturer. It operates through two segments. The Company manufactures aircraft seats, offering a selection of first class, business class, tourist class and regional aircraft seats. It manufactures and sells seats, which include the seat frame, cushions, armrests, tray table and a range of optional features, such as adjustable lumbar supports, electrical actuation systems, footrests, reading lights, head/neck supports and other comfort amenities. The business jet segment’s products include a range of business jet seating and sofa products, including electric fully berthing lie-flat seats, air valves and oxygen delivery systems as well as sidewalls, bulkheads, credenzas, closets, galley structures, lavatories, wastewater systems, de-icing systems, cabin management systems and tables.

Astronics Corporation Company Profile

Astronics Corporation is a supplier of products to the aerospace, defense, electronics and semiconductor industries. The Company’s products and services include electrical power generation, distribution and motion systems, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment designs and manufactures products for the global aerospace industry. Its product lines include lighting and safety systems, electrical power generation, distribution and motions systems, aircraft structures, avionics products, systems certification and other products. The Test Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures and maintains automated test systems that support the semiconductor, aerospace, communications and weapons test systems, as well as training and simulation devices for both commercial and military applications.

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