B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ: BEAV) and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ:KTOS) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares B/E Aerospace and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B/E Aerospace 8.25% 94.11% 6.79%
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions -3.39% -1.21% -0.45%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares B/E Aerospace and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B/E Aerospace N/A N/A N/A $3.08 20.93
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions $668.70 million 1.56 -$60.50 million ($0.32) -31.56

B/E Aerospace has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than B/E Aerospace, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.0% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.9% of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for B/E Aerospace and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B/E Aerospace 0 3 0 0 2.00
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions 0 2 5 0 2.71

B/E Aerospace presently has a consensus price target of $61.67, suggesting a potential downside of 4.35%. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has a consensus price target of $13.43, suggesting a potential upside of 32.96%. Given Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is more favorable than B/E Aerospace.

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.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Company Profile

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. is a technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution company focused on the United States and its allies’ national security. The Kratos Government Solutions segment includes the operations of Defense Rocket Support Services, Microwave Electronics Division, Technical and Training Solutions, and Modular Systems, which provide technology-based defense solutions, involving products and services, with the focus relating to the nation’s Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance requirements. The Unmanned Systems segment includes its unmanned aerial, ground, seaborne and command, control and communications system business. The Public Safety & Security segment provides integrated solutions for homeland security, public safety, critical infrastructure, and security and surveillance systems for government and commercial applications.

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