Head-To-Head Comparison: AeroVironment (AVAV) vs. Moog (MOG)

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AeroVironment and Moog’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AeroVironment $264.87 million 4.81 $12.47 million $1.27 42.06
Moog N/A N/A N/A $3.90 21.23

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AeroVironment 10.42% 8.23% 7.39%
Moog 5.95% 13.33% 5.07%

Risk & Volatility

AeroVironment has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Moog has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.0% of AeroVironment shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.0% of AeroVironment shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for AeroVironment and Moog, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AeroVironment 0 4 0 0 2.00
Moog 1 0 0 0 1.00

AeroVironment presently has a consensus target price of $39.50, indicating a potential downside of 26.06%. Moog has a consensus target price of $75.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.40%. Given Moog’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Moog is more favorable than AeroVironment.

Summary

AeroVironment beats Moog on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

AeroVironment Company Profile

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.

Moog Company Profile

Moog Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion and fluid controls and systems for a range of applications in aerospace and defense and industrial markets. The Company has five segments: Aircraft Controls, Space and Defense Controls, Industrial Systems, Components and Medical Devices. Its Aircraft Controls segment designs, manufactures and integrates primary and secondary flight controls for military and commercial aircraft, and provides aftermarket support. Its Space and Defense Controls segment provides controls for satellites, space vehicles, launch vehicles, armored combat vehicles, tactical and strategic missiles, security and surveillance and other defense applications. Its Industrial Systems segment serves a global customer base across various markets. Its Components segment offers slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, motors, sensors and handpieces product line. Its Medical Devices segment focuses on infusion therapy and enteral clinical nutrition.

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