Contrasting Teledyne Technologies (TDY) and Northrop Grumman (NOC)

Teledyne Technologies (NYSE: TDY) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.


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Northrop Grumman pays an annual dividend of $4.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Teledyne Technologies does not pay a dividend. Northrop Grumman pays out 33.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Northrop Grumman has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years.


This table compares Teledyne Technologies and Northrop Grumman’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Teledyne Technologies 8.73% 14.07% 6.63%
Northrop Grumman 7.81% 37.28% 8.28%

Risk & Volatility

Teledyne Technologies has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northrop Grumman has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.0% of Teledyne Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.8% of Northrop Grumman shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Teledyne Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Northrop Grumman shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Teledyne Technologies and Northrop Grumman’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Teledyne Technologies $2.60 billion 2.69 $227.20 million $6.93 28.29
Northrop Grumman $25.80 billion 2.38 $2.02 billion $13.28 26.54

Northrop Grumman has higher revenue and earnings than Teledyne Technologies. Northrop Grumman is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Teledyne Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Teledyne Technologies and Northrop Grumman, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Teledyne Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50
Northrop Grumman 0 3 12 0 2.80

Teledyne Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $187.50, suggesting a potential downside of 4.35%. Northrop Grumman has a consensus price target of $363.36, suggesting a potential upside of 3.11%. Given Northrop Grumman’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Northrop Grumman is more favorable than Teledyne Technologies.


Northrop Grumman beats Teledyne Technologies on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Teledyne Technologies

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides enabling technologies for industrial growth markets. The Company’s segments include Instrumentation, Digital Imaging, Aerospace and Defense Electronics, and Engineered Systems. Instrumentation segment provides monitoring and control instruments for marine, environmental, industrial and other applications, as well as electronic test and measurement equipment. Digital Imaging segment includes sensors, cameras and systems, within the visible, infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray spectra. Aerospace and Defense Electronics segment provides electronic components and subsystems and communications products, including defense electronics. Engineered Systems segment provides systems engineering and integration and technology development, as well as manufacturing solutions.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation operates as a security company for government and commercial customers worldwide. It provides products, systems, and solutions in autonomous systems; cyber; command, control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR); strike; and logistics and modernization. The company operates through three segments: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems, and Technology Services. The Aerospace Systems segment designs, develops, integrates, and produces manned aircraft, autonomous systems, spacecraft, high-energy laser systems, microelectronics, and other systems/subsystems. This segment sells its products primarily to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other U.S. government agencies for use in various areas, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; strike operations; communications; earth observation; and space science and exploration. The Mission Systems segment offers mission solutions and multifunction systems, including C4ISR systems; radar, electro-optical/infrared, and acoustic sensors; electronic warfare systems; cyber solutions; space systems; intelligence processing systems; air and missile defense integration; navigation; and shipboard missile and encapsulated payload launch systems for the DoD, intelligence community, international, federal-civil, and commercial customers. The Technology Services segment provides software and system sustainment, training, and integrated logistics support solutions, as well as engages in the modernization of platforms and associated subsystems. Northrop Grumman Corporation was founded in 1939 and is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

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