Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and Esterline Technologies (NYSE:ESL) are both mid-cap aerospace & defense – nec companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and dividends.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Exelis and Esterline Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Esterline Technologies||$2.00 billion||1.13||$117.38 million||$4.15||18.31|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
92.0% of Esterline Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Esterline Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Exelis and Esterline Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Exelis and Esterline Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Esterline Technologies has a consensus target price of $80.17, indicating a potential upside of 5.48%. Given Esterline Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Esterline Technologies is more favorable than Exelis.
Esterline Technologies beats Exelis on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Esterline Technologies Company Profile
Esterline Technologies Corporation is a specialized manufacturing company. The Company designs, manufactures and markets engineered products and systems for application within the industries it serves. The Company operates through three segments: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials. The Company serves aerospace and defense customers. The Company’s Avionics & Controls business segment includes avionics systems, control and communication systems, and interface technologies capabilities. The Company’s Sensors & Systems business segment includes power systems, connection technologies and advanced sensors capabilities. The Company’s Advanced Materials business segment includes engineered materials and defense technologies capabilities. The Company designs and manufactures ruggedized military personal communication equipment, primarily headsets, handsets and field communications.
Receive News & Ratings for Exelis Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Exelis and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.