Moog (NYSE: MOG.A) and B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ:BEAV) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Moog has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B/E Aerospace has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.6% of Moog shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.0% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Moog shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Moog and B/E Aerospace, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Moog 0 1 0 0 2.00
B/E Aerospace 0 9 2 0 2.18

B/E Aerospace has a consensus target price of $59.57, suggesting a potential downside of 7.60%.

Dividends

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

Profitability

This table compares Moog and B/E Aerospace’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Moog 5.38% 13.96% 4.67%
B/E Aerospace 8.27% 118.81% 7.21%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Moog and B/E Aerospace’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Moog N/A N/A N/A $3.64 N/A
B/E Aerospace N/A N/A N/A $3.08 20.93

Moog 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.

Summary

B/E Aerospace beats Moog on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Moog

Moog Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion and fluid controls and systems for a range of applications in aerospace and defense and industrial markets. The Company has five segments: Aircraft Controls, Space and Defense Controls, Industrial Systems, Components and Medical Devices. Its Aircraft Controls segment designs, manufactures and integrates primary and secondary flight controls for military and commercial aircraft, and provides aftermarket support. Its Space and Defense Controls segment provides controls for satellites, space vehicles, launch vehicles, armored combat vehicles, tactical and strategic missiles, security and surveillance and other defense applications. Its Industrial Systems segment serves a global customer base across various markets. Its Components segment offers slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, motors, sensors and handpieces product line. Its Medical Devices segment focuses on infusion therapy and enteral clinical nutrition.

About B/E Aerospace

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.

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