Comparing Astronics (NASDAQ:ATRO) & CPI Aerostructures (NASDAQ:CVU)

Astronics (NASDAQ:ATRO) and CPI Aerostructures (NYSE:CVU) are both small-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Astronics and CPI Aerostructures’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Astronics $772.70 million 0.33 $52.02 million $0.91 9.12
CPI Aerostructures $87.52 million 0.33 -$4.45 million N/A N/A

Astronics has higher revenue and earnings than CPI Aerostructures.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Astronics and CPI Aerostructures, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Astronics 1 2 0 0 1.67
CPI Aerostructures 0 0 0 0 N/A

Astronics currently has a consensus target price of $17.67, indicating a potential upside of 112.85%. Given Astronics’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Astronics is more favorable than CPI Aerostructures.

Risk & Volatility

Astronics has a beta of 1.52, suggesting that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CPI Aerostructures has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Astronics and CPI Aerostructures’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Astronics -18.79% -0.93% -0.43%
CPI Aerostructures 0.21% N/A -1.78%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.5% of Astronics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.3% of CPI Aerostructures shares are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of Astronics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.8% of CPI Aerostructures shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Astronics beats CPI Aerostructures on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Astronics Company Profile

Astronics Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures products for the aerospace, defense, electronics, and semiconductor industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment offers lighting and safety systems; electrical power generation, distribution, and motions systems; aircraft structures; avionics products; system certification; and connectivity and other products. This segment serves airframe manufacturers (OEM) that build aircraft for the commercial, military, and general aviation markets; suppliers; and aircraft operators, such as airlines and branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration and airport operators. The Test Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures, and maintains automated test systems that support the semiconductor, aerospace, communications, and weapons test systems, as well as training and simulation devices for commercial and military applications. It serves OEMs and prime government contractors for electronics and military products. The company also provides cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems for a range of aircraft, as well as design consultancy services for the aerospace industry. Astronics Corporation was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in East Aurora, New York.

CPI Aerostructures Company Profile

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. engages in the contract production of structural aircraft parts for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters in the commercial and defense markets. The company also offers aero systems, such as reconnaissance pod structures and fuel panel systems; and supplies parts for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), as well as kitting contracts. In addition, it operates as a subcontractor for defense contractors and commercial contractors, as well as a contractor for the United States Department of Defense. Further, the company offers engineering, program management, supply chain management, kitting, and MRO services. Additionally, it offers welding services and metal fabrications; and electromechanical systems, harness and cable assemblies, electronic equipment, and printed circuit boards, as well as manufactures radio frequency interference/electro-magnetic interference for electronic components. The company was formerly known as Consortium of Precision Industries, Inc. and changed its name to CPI Aerostructures, Inc. in July 1992. CPI Aerostructures, Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Edgewood, New York.

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