DigitalGlobe (DGI) and AeroVironment (AVAV) Head to Head Contrast

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) and AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for DigitalGlobe and AeroVironment, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DigitalGlobe 0 3 1 0 2.25
AeroVironment 0 4 0 0 2.00

DigitalGlobe presently has a consensus price target of $35.83, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. AeroVironment has a consensus price target of $39.50, suggesting a potential downside of 17.67%. Given DigitalGlobe’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe DigitalGlobe is more favorable than AeroVironment.

Volatility and Risk

DigitalGlobe has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AeroVironment has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DigitalGlobe and AeroVironment’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DigitalGlobe $725.40 million 0.00 $26.50 million $0.02 N/A
AeroVironment $264.87 million 4.32 $12.47 million $1.27 37.78

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.9% of DigitalGlobe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.2% of AeroVironment shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of DigitalGlobe shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of AeroVironment shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares DigitalGlobe and AeroVironment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DigitalGlobe 0.64% 2.40% 0.97%
AeroVironment 10.42% 8.23% 7.39%

Summary

DigitalGlobe beats AeroVironment on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe, Inc. is a provider of Earth imagery, data and analysis. The Company’s imagery solutions and other services support a range of uses, including mission-planning, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration and infrastructure management. The Company’s imagery solutions and other services are sourced from its own satellite constellation and third-party providers. The Company sells its products and services through a combination of direct and indirect channels, consisting of a global network of resellers, strategic partners and direct enterprise sales to its United States Government and Diversified Commercial customer groups. The Company offers products consisting of imagery from its constellation of satellites, and provides geospatial products and services. The Company processes its imagery to varying levels according to its customers’ specifications and delivers its products using the distribution method.

About AeroVironment

AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces, supports and operates a portfolio of products and services for government agencies, businesses and consumers. The Company operates through two segments: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, support and operation of UAS and tactical missile systems that provide situational awareness, multi-band communications, force protection and other mission effects, and Efficient Energy Systems (EES), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, marketing, support and operation of electric energy systems. The Company supplies UAS, tactical missile systems and related services primarily to organizations within the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The Company also supplies charging systems and services for electric vehicles (EVs), and power cycling and test systems to commercial, consumer and government customers.

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