Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) and Ducommun (NYSE:DCO) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.


Curtiss-Wright Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Ducommun does not pay a dividend. Curtiss-Wright Corporation pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ducommun has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.0% of Curtiss-Wright Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.4% of Ducommun shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Curtiss-Wright Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Ducommun shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Curtiss-Wright Corporation and Ducommun, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Curtiss-Wright Corporation 0 3 2 0 2.40
Ducommun 0 1 3 0 2.75

Curtiss-Wright Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $107.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.31%. Ducommun has a consensus target price of $37.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.06%. Given Ducommun’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ducommun is more favorable than Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Curtiss-Wright Corporation and Ducommun’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Curtiss-Wright Corporation $2.16 billion 1.98 $414.23 million $4.41 22.00
Ducommun $544.79 million 0.60 $52.24 million $1.20 24.27

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Ducommun. Curtiss-Wright Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ducommun, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ducommun has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Curtiss-Wright Corporation and Ducommun’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Curtiss-Wright Corporation 9.14% 14.79% 6.42%
Ducommun 2.50% 7.49% 3.07%


Curtiss-Wright Corporation beats Ducommun on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation Company Profile

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a manufacturing and service company that designs, manufactures, and overhauls precision components and provides engineered products and services to the aerospace, defense, power generation and general industrial markets. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial/Industrial, Defense and Power. The Commercial/Industrial segment’s products include electronic throttle control devices and transmission shifters, electro-mechanical actuation control components, valves, and surface technology services. The Defense segment’s products include commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing board level modules, turret aiming and stabilization products, weapons handling systems, avionics and electronics, flight test equipment, and aircraft data management solutions. The Power segment’s products include a range of hardware, pumps, valves, fastening systems, specialized containment doors, airlock hatches and spent fuel management products.

Ducommun Company Profile

Ducommun Incorporated is a global provider of engineering and manufacturing services for various products and failure applications used primarily in the aerospace, defense, industrial, natural resources, medical and other industries. The Company is a solution-based provider, offering a range of value-added products and services in its primary businesses of electronics, structures and integrated solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Systems (ES) and Structural Systems (SS). The ES has over three product offerings in electronics manufacturing for various applications, including complex cable assemblies and interconnect systems, printed circuit board assemblies, and electronic, electromechanical and mechanical assemblies. The SS segment offers over three product offerings to support a customer base, including commercial aircraft, military fixed-wing aircraft, and military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft.

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