BWX Technologies (NYSE: BWXT) and TASER International (NASDAQ:AAXN) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.


BWX Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. TASER International does not pay a dividend. BWX Technologies pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.5% of BWX Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.8% of TASER International shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of BWX Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of TASER International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

BWX Technologies has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TASER International has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for BWX Technologies and TASER International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BWX Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
TASER International 0 3 2 0 2.40

BWX Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $62.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.80%. TASER International has a consensus target price of $29.33, indicating a potential upside of 21.77%. Given TASER International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe TASER International is more favorable than BWX Technologies.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BWX Technologies and TASER International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BWX Technologies $1.55 billion 3.94 $183.05 million $1.99 30.91
TASER International $268.24 million 4.75 $17.29 million $0.26 92.66

BWX Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than TASER International. BWX Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TASER International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares BWX Technologies and TASER International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BWX Technologies 11.89% 88.05% 12.50%
TASER International 4.32% 7.91% 4.13%


BWX Technologies beats TASER International on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BWX Technologies

BWX Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of nuclear components and a service provider. The Company’s businesses focus on the design, engineering and manufacture of precision naval nuclear components, reactors and nuclear fuel for the United States Government. Its segments include Nuclear Operations, Technical Services, Nuclear Energy and Other. It provides uranium processing and environmental site restoration services, as well as a range of products and services to customers in the nuclear power industry. Nuclear Operations engineers, designs and manufactures precision naval nuclear components and reactors for the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Technical Services provides various services to the United States Government. Nuclear Energy designs, licenses, manufactures and delivers commercial nuclear steam generators, pressure vessels, reactor components, heat exchangers and other auxiliary equipment.

About TASER International

Axon Enterprise, Inc., formerly TASER International, Inc., is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) for use by law enforcement, military, corrections and private security personnel, and by private individuals for personal defense. It is also engaged in development of connected wearable on-officer cameras. It operates through two segments: the sale of CEWs, accessories, and other related products and services (the TASER Weapons segment), and the Axon business, focused on devices, wearables, applications, cloud and mobile products (the Axon segment). Its TASER Weapons product line includes TASER X26P, TASER X2, TASER C2, TASER Pulse and Replacement Cartridges. Its hardware products include Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, Axon Fleet, Axon Interview, Axon Signal and Axon Dock. Its Axon software and mobile technologies include, for Prosecutors, Evidence Sync, Axon Capture, Axon View, Axon Five, Axon Convert and Axon Detect.

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