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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
AeroVironment $272.42 million $29.48 million 58.49
AeroVironment Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 81.17

AeroVironment’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than AeroVironment. AeroVironment is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for AeroVironment and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AeroVironment 0 4 0 0 2.00
AeroVironment Competitors 552 2247 2404 90 2.38

AeroVironment presently has a consensus target price of $37.00, suggesting a potential downside of 24.69%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 5.87%. Given AeroVironment’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AeroVironment has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares AeroVironment and its rivals’ 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 -2.01% 25.11% 4.01%

Volatility & Risk

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

Institutional and Insider 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

AeroVironment rivals 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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