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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Esterline Technologies Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Esterline Technologies Corporation 1 4 1 0 2.00
Esterline Technologies Corporation Competitors 552 2244 2401 89 2.38

Esterline Technologies Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $92.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.32%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 7.01%. Given Esterline Technologies Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Esterline Technologies Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.7% of Esterline Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.8% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Esterline Technologies Corporation 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Esterline Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its share price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Esterline Technologies Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Esterline Technologies Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Esterline Technologies Corporation 6.65% 9.18% 5.06%
Esterline Technologies Corporation Competitors -2.01% 25.10% 4.00%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Esterline Technologies Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Esterline Technologies Corporation $2.01 billion $312.43 million 19.10
Esterline Technologies Corporation Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 81.19

Esterline Technologies Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Esterline Technologies Corporation. Esterline Technologies Corporation 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.

Summary

Esterline Technologies Corporation peers beat Esterline Technologies Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Esterline Technologies Corporation

Esterline Technologies Corporation is a specialized manufacturing company. The Company designs, manufactures and markets engineered products and systems for application within the industries it serves. The Company operates through three segments: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials. The Company serves aerospace and defense customers. The Company’s Avionics & Controls business segment includes avionics systems, control and communication systems, and interface technologies capabilities. The Company’s Sensors & Systems business segment includes power systems, connection technologies and advanced sensors capabilities. The Company’s Advanced Materials business segment includes engineered materials and defense technologies capabilities. The Company designs and manufactures ruggedized military personal communication equipment, primarily headsets, handsets and field communications.

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