Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) and Exelis (NYSE:XLS) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Astronics Corporation and Exelis’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Astronics Corporation $612.68 million 1.41 $86.53 million $1.38 21.85
Exelis N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Astronics Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Exelis.


This table compares Astronics Corporation and Exelis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Astronics Corporation 6.73% 12.12% 6.72%
Exelis 7.52% 18.51% 4.87%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of Astronics Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.5% of Astronics Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Astronics Corporation and Exelis, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Astronics Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A

Astronics Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.43%. Given Astronics Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Astronics Corporation is more favorable than Exelis.


Astronics Corporation beats Exelis on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Astronics Corporation

Astronics Corporation is a supplier of products to the aerospace, defense, electronics and semiconductor industries. The Company’s products and services include electrical power generation, distribution and motion systems, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment designs and manufactures products for the global aerospace industry. Its product lines include lighting and safety systems, electrical power generation, distribution and motions systems, aircraft structures, avionics products, systems certification and other products. The Test Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures and maintains automated test systems that support the semiconductor, aerospace, communications and weapons test systems, as well as training and simulation devices for both commercial and military applications.

About Exelis

Exelis Inc. (Exelis) is a diversified aerospace, defense, information and services company. The Company delivers mission-critical solutions to military, government and commercial customers in the United States and globally. It operates in two segments: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Electronics and Systems, and Information and Technical Services. Its C4ISR Electronics and Systems segment provides engineered systems and solutions, including: ISR systems; integrated electronic warfare systems; radar and sonar systems; electronic attack and release systems; communications solutions; space systems, and composite aerostructures. The Company’s Information and Technical Services segment provides a range of service solutions: systems integration; network design and development; air traffic management; cyber; intelligence; advanced engineering, and space launch and range-support.

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