AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) is one of 44 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AeroVironment to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AeroVironment and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AeroVironment $272.42 million $29.48 million 61.77
AeroVironment Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 81.49

AeroVironment’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AeroVironment. AeroVironment 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.

Volatility & Risk

AeroVironment has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AeroVironment’s peers have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for AeroVironment and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AeroVironment 0 4 0 0 2.00
AeroVironment Competitors 552 2254 2408 90 2.38

AeroVironment currently has a consensus target price of $37.00, suggesting a potential downside of 28.70%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 5.29%. Given AeroVironment’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AeroVironment has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.6% of AeroVironment shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.0% of AeroVironment shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AeroVironment 7.22% 5.40% 4.83%
AeroVironment Competitors -10.21% 24.88% 3.82%

Summary

AeroVironment peers beat AeroVironment on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

AeroVironment Company Profile

AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces, supports and operates a portfolio of products and services for government agencies, businesses and consumers. The Company operates through two segments: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, support and operation of UAS and tactical missile systems that provide situational awareness, multi-band communications, force protection and other mission effects, and Efficient Energy Systems (EES), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, marketing, support and operation of electric energy systems. The Company supplies UAS, tactical missile systems and related services primarily to organizations within the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The Company also supplies charging systems and services for electric vehicles (EVs), and power cycling and test systems to commercial, consumer and government customers.

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