Teledyne Technologies (NYSE: TDY) and Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:ZBRA) are both mid-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Teledyne Technologies and Zebra Technologies Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Teledyne Technologies $2.32 billion 2.21 $420.20 million $5.44 26.71
Zebra Technologies Corporation $3.61 billion 1.51 $613.00 million ($0.79) -130.09

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

Risk and Volatility

Teledyne Technologies has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zebra Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Teledyne Technologies and Zebra Technologies Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Teledyne Technologies 0 1 1 0 2.50
Zebra Technologies Corporation 0 4 4 0 2.50

Teledyne Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $153.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.64%. Zebra Technologies Corporation has a consensus price target of $101.17, indicating a potential downside of 1.56%. Given Teledyne Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Teledyne Technologies is more favorable than Zebra Technologies Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.2% of Teledyne Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of Zebra Technologies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Teledyne Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Zebra Technologies Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Teledyne Technologies and Zebra Technologies Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Teledyne Technologies 8.44% 13.80% 6.82%
Zebra Technologies Corporation -1.14% 38.88% 6.68%

Summary

Teledyne Technologies beats Zebra Technologies Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Teledyne Technologies

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides enabling technologies for industrial growth markets. The Company’s segments include Instrumentation, Digital Imaging, Aerospace and Defense Electronics, and Engineered Systems. Instrumentation segment provides monitoring and control instruments for marine, environmental, industrial and other applications, as well as electronic test and measurement equipment. Digital Imaging segment includes sensors, cameras and systems, within the visible, infrared, ultraviolet and X-ray spectra. Aerospace and Defense Electronics segment provides electronic components and subsystems and communications products, including defense electronics. Engineered Systems segment provides systems engineering and integration and technology development, as well as manufacturing solutions.

About Zebra Technologies Corporation

Zebra Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and sells a range of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) products. The Company’s AIDC products include mobile computers, barcode scanners, radio frequency identification (RFID) readers, wireless local area network (WLAN) products, specialty printers for barcode labeling and personal identification, real-time location systems (RTLS), related accessories and supplies, such as self-adhesive labels and other consumables, and utilities and application software. The Company operates through two segments: Enterprise, which comprises its mobile computing, data capture, RFID and WLAN products, and services, and Legacy Zebra, which comprises barcode and card printing, location solutions, supplies and services. The Company’s products are used in automatic identification (auto ID), data collection and personal identification applications.

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