Moog (NYSE: MOG.A) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) are both mid-cap aerospace companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Moog and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Moog 5.50% 14.06% 4.83%
Huntington Ingalls Industries 7.93% 31.12% 8.28%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Moog and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ 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 $3.75 N/A
Huntington Ingalls Industries $7.19 billion 1.47 $1.03 billion $12.24 19.07

Huntington Ingalls Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Moog. Moog is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Huntington Ingalls Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.8% of Moog shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.4% of Huntington Ingalls Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Moog shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Huntington Ingalls Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Moog has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huntington Ingalls Industries has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Moog and Huntington Ingalls Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Moog 0 2 0 0 2.00
Huntington Ingalls Industries 2 4 2 0 2.00

Moog presently has a consensus target price of $75.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Huntington Ingalls Industries has a consensus target price of $206.83, indicating a potential downside of 11.41%. Given Moog’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Moog is more favorable than Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Dividends

Huntington Ingalls Industries pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Moog does not pay a dividend. Huntington Ingalls Industries pays out 19.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Moog has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Huntington Ingalls Industries beats Moog on 9 of the 14 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 Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. is a military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. The Company’s business consists of the design, construction, repair and maintenance of nuclear-powered ships and non-nuclear ships for the United States Navy and coastal defense surface ships for the United States Coast Guard, as well as the refueling and overhaul and inactivation of nuclear-powered ships for the United States Navy. It operates through three segments: Ingalls Shipbuilding (Ingalls), Newport News Shipbuilding (Newport News) and Technical Solutions. Its Ingalls segment includes its non-nuclear ship design, construction, repair and maintenance businesses. Its Newport News includes all of its nuclear ship design, construction, overhaul, refueling, and repair and maintenance businesses. Its Technical Solutions segment provides a range of professional services to the governmental, energy, and oil and gas markets.

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