Exelis (NYSE: XLS) is one of 43 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Exelis to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.8% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Exelis and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exelis 7.52% 18.51% 4.87%
Exelis Competitors -6.56% 22.33% 3.40%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Exelis and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exelis Competitors 493 2242 2447 92 2.41

As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 8.72%. Given Exelis’ peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Exelis has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exelis and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelis N/A N/A 20.07
Exelis Competitors $8.89 billion $721.62 million 199.38

Exelis’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Exelis. Exelis is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Exelis peers beat Exelis on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

Exelis Company Profile

Exelis Inc. (Exelis) is a diversified aerospace, defense, information and services company. The Company delivers mission-critical solutions to military, government and commercial customers in the United States and globally. It operates in two segments: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Electronics and Systems, and Information and Technical Services. Its C4ISR Electronics and Systems segment provides engineered systems and solutions, including: ISR systems; integrated electronic warfare systems; radar and sonar systems; electronic attack and release systems; communications solutions; space systems, and composite aerostructures. The Company’s Information and Technical Services segment provides a range of service solutions: systems integration; network design and development; air traffic management; cyber; intelligence; advanced engineering, and space launch and range-support.

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