Contrasting Exelis (XLS) & The Competition

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) is one of 41 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Exelis to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Exelis and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exelis 7.52% 18.51% 4.87%
Exelis Competitors -6.52% 22.41% 3.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Exelis and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exelis Competitors 491 2208 2426 92 2.41

As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 7.74%. Given Exelis’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Exelis has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.8% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Exelis and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelis N/A N/A 20.07
Exelis Competitors $8.89 billion $721.62 million 209.75

Exelis’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Exelis. Exelis 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

Exelis peers beat Exelis on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

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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