CAE (NYSE: CAE) and Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares CAE and Universal Technical Institute’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAE 8.96% 13.34% 5.17%
Universal Technical Institute -4.87% -6.42% -3.06%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.1% of CAE shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of Universal Technical Institute shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of CAE shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Universal Technical Institute shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CAE and Universal Technical Institute’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAE $2.19 billion 1.99 $404.29 million $0.70 23.44
Universal Technical Institute $329.85 million 0.26 $14.20 million ($0.87) -3.93

CAE has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Technical Institute. Universal Technical Institute is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CAE, 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 CAE and Universal Technical Institute, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAE 0 3 1 0 2.25
Universal Technical Institute 0 0 0 0 N/A

CAE currently has a consensus target price of $19.75, indicating a potential upside of 20.35%. Given CAE’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe CAE is more favorable than Universal Technical Institute.

Dividends

CAE pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Universal Technical Institute does not pay a dividend. CAE pays out 34.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

CAE has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Technical Institute has a beta of 3.52, indicating that its stock price is 252% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CAE beats Universal Technical Institute on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

CAE Company Profile

CAE Inc. provides training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. The Company designs and integrates training solutions. It operates through three segments: Civil Aviation Training Solutions, Defense and Security, and Healthcare. The Company provides training solutions for flight, cabin, maintenance and ground personnel in commercial, business and helicopter aviation, a range of flight simulation training devices, as well as ab initio pilot training and crew sourcing services. The Company is a training systems integrator for defense forces across the air, land and sea domains, and for government and civil security organizations responsible for public safety. The Company designs, manufactures and markets simulators, simulation center management solutions and courseware for training of medical and allied healthcare students and clinicians in educational institutions, hospitals and defense organizations across the world.

Universal Technical Institute Company Profile

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. is a provider of postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians as measured by total average undergraduate full-time enrollment and graduates. The Company offers undergraduate degree or diploma programs at approximately 12 campuses across the United States under the banner of various brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (collectively, MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). The Company also offers manufacturer specific advanced training (MSAT) programs, including student-paid electives, at its campuses and manufacturer or dealer sponsored training at certain campuses and dedicated training centers. UTI offers automotive, diesel and industrial, and collision repair and refinishing programs.

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