Exelis (NYSE: XLS) 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 institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Exelis and Astronics Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A
Astronics Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Astronics Corporation has a consensus target price of $34.50, suggesting a potential upside of 30.14%. Given Astronics Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Astronics Corporation is more favorable than Exelis.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of Astronics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 16.5% of Astronics Corporation shares are held 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 Exelis and Astronics Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exelis 7.52% 18.51% 4.87%
Astronics Corporation 6.73% 12.12% 6.72%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Exelis and Astronics Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelis N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Astronics Corporation $612.68 million 1.24 $86.53 million $1.38 19.21

Astronics Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Exelis.

Summary

Astronics Corporation beats Exelis on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Exelis

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.

About Astronics Corporation

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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