Comparing B/E Aerospace (BEAV) & Exelis (XLS)

B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ: BEAV) and Exelis (NYSE:XLS) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares B/E Aerospace and Exelis’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
B/E Aerospace N/A N/A N/A $3.08 20.93
Exelis N/A N/A N/A $1.23 20.07

Exelis is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than B/E Aerospace, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


B/E Aerospace pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Exelis does not pay a dividend. B/E Aerospace pays out 27.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.0% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of B/E Aerospace shares are owned by 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.


This table compares B/E Aerospace and Exelis’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B/E Aerospace 8.25% 94.11% 6.79%
Exelis 7.52% 18.51% 4.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for B/E Aerospace and Exelis, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B/E Aerospace 0 3 0 0 2.00
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A

B/E Aerospace currently has a consensus target price of $61.67, indicating a potential downside of 4.35%. Given B/E Aerospace’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe B/E Aerospace is more favorable than Exelis.


B/E Aerospace beats Exelis on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

B/E Aerospace Company Profile

B/E Aerospace, Inc. is a manufacturer of cabin interior products for commercial aircraft and business jets. The Company sells its products and provides services directly to airlines and aerospace manufacturer. It operates through two segments. The Company manufactures aircraft seats, offering a selection of first class, business class, tourist class and regional aircraft seats. It manufactures and sells seats, which include the seat frame, cushions, armrests, tray table and a range of optional features, such as adjustable lumbar supports, electrical actuation systems, footrests, reading lights, head/neck supports and other comfort amenities. The business jet segment’s products include a range of business jet seating and sofa products, including electric fully berthing lie-flat seats, air valves and oxygen delivery systems as well as sidewalls, bulkheads, credenzas, closets, galley structures, lavatories, wastewater systems, de-icing systems, cabin management systems and tables.

Exelis Company Profile

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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