Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN) and Newport Corp (NASDAQ:NEWP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.7% of Kaman Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Kaman Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Kaman Corporation and Newport Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kaman Corporation 0 4 1 0 2.20
Newport Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kaman Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $56.67, indicating a potential upside of 13.06%. Given Kaman Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kaman Corporation is more favorable than Newport Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Kaman Corporation and Newport Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kaman Corporation 2.95% 9.24% 3.73%
Newport Corp 6.37% 10.63% 6.60%

Dividends

Kaman Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Newport Corp does not pay a dividend. Kaman Corporation pays out 43.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kaman Corporation has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kaman Corporation and Newport Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kaman Corporation $1.77 billion 0.79 $161.23 million $1.85 27.09
Newport Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Kaman Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Newport Corp.

Summary

Kaman Corporation beats Newport Corp on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kaman Corporation Company Profile

Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets. The Company operates through two segments: Distribution and Aerospace. The Company’s brands include KAflex, KAron and K-MAX. Distribution segment is a power transmission, motion control, and fluid power industrial distributor with operations throughout the United States. Distribution segment conducts business in the mechanical power transmission and bearings, electrical, automation and control, and fluid power product platforms and provides total solutions from system design and integration to machine parts and services to the national manufacturing industry. Aerospace segment produces and markets aircraft bearings and components; super precision, miniature ball bearings; metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and safe and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the United States and allied militaries.

Newport Corp Company Profile

Newport Corporation is a supplier of technology products and systems. The Company offers its products and services to a range of industries, including scientific research, microelectronics, defense and security, life and health sciences, and industrial markets. The Company operates through three business segments: Photonics Group, which includes photonics instruments and systems, vibration isolation systems and subsystems, precision positioning systems and subsystems, optical components for research applications, optical hardware, and three-dimensional non-contact measurement sensors and equipment; Lasers Group, which offers a portfolio of laser technology products and services, including ultrafast lasers and amplifiers, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, and high-energy pulsed lasers and tunable lasers, and Optics Group, which offers precision optics and lens assemblies, thin-film filters and coatings, replicated mirrors, and ruled and holographic diffraction gratings.

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