Contrasting FLIR Systems (FLIR) & Ducommun (DCO)

FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) and Ducommun (NYSE:DCO) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

FLIR Systems has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ducommun has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.


FLIR Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Ducommun does not pay a dividend. FLIR Systems pays out 82.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares FLIR Systems and Ducommun’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FLIR Systems $1.80 billion 3.85 $107.22 million $0.78 64.01
Ducommun $558.18 million 0.60 $20.07 million $1.74 17.03

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.0% of FLIR Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.5% of Ducommun shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of FLIR Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Ducommun shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares FLIR Systems and Ducommun’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FLIR Systems 5.96% 14.54% 9.63%
Ducommun 3.60% 6.82% 2.75%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for FLIR Systems and Ducommun, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FLIR Systems 0 1 3 1 3.00
Ducommun 0 1 3 0 2.75

FLIR Systems presently has a consensus target price of $50.80, indicating a potential upside of 1.74%. Ducommun has a consensus target price of $37.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.87%. Given Ducommun’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ducommun is more favorable than FLIR Systems.


FLIR Systems beats Ducommun on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

FLIR Systems Company Profile

FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) designs, develops, markets and distributes thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locater systems, measurement and diagnostic systems and threat-detection solutions. The Company’s segments include Surveillance, Instruments, Security, OEM & Emerging Markets, Maritime and Detection. Its Surveillance segment provides enhanced imaging and recognition solutions. Its Instruments segment provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial, and scientific applications under the FLIR and Extech brands. Its OEM & Emerging Markets segment provides thermal imaging camera cores and components. Its Maritime segment develops and manufactures electronics and imaging instruments. Its Security segment develops and manufactures a range of cameras and video recording systems. The Detection segment offers sensors, instruments and integrated platform solutions.

Ducommun Company Profile

Ducommun Incorporated is a global provider of engineering and manufacturing services for various products and failure applications used primarily in the aerospace, defense, industrial, natural resources, medical and other industries. The Company is a solution-based provider, offering a range of value-added products and services in its primary businesses of electronics, structures and integrated solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Electronic Systems (ES) and Structural Systems (SS). The ES has over three product offerings in electronics manufacturing for various applications, including complex cable assemblies and interconnect systems, printed circuit board assemblies, and electronic, electromechanical and mechanical assemblies. The SS segment offers over three product offerings to support a customer base, including commercial aircraft, military fixed-wing aircraft, and military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft.

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