Astronics (NASDAQ: ATRO) and TASER International (NASDAQ:AAXN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Astronics has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TASER International has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Astronics and TASER International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Astronics $633.12 million 1.84 $48.42 million $1.18 35.17
TASER International $268.24 million 4.91 $17.29 million $0.26 95.70

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.7% of Astronics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.8% of TASER International shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.5% of Astronics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of TASER International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Astronics and TASER International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Astronics 4.05% 7.10% 3.83%
TASER International 4.32% 7.91% 4.13%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Astronics and TASER International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Astronics 0 1 2 0 2.67
TASER International 0 3 2 0 2.40

Astronics presently has a consensus price target of $38.33, suggesting a potential downside of 7.63%. TASER International has a consensus price target of $29.33, suggesting a potential upside of 17.90%. Given TASER International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TASER International is more favorable than Astronics.

Summary

TASER International beats Astronics on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Astronics Company Profile

Astronics Corporation is a supplier of products to the aerospace, defense, electronics and semiconductor industries. The Company’s products and services include electrical power generation, distribution and motion systems, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment designs and manufactures products for the global aerospace industry. Its product lines include lighting and safety systems, electrical power generation, distribution and motions systems, aircraft structures, avionics products, systems certification and other products. 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 both commercial and military applications.

TASER International Company Profile

Axon Enterprise, Inc., formerly TASER International, Inc., is engaged in development, manufacture and sale of conducted electrical weapons (CEWs) for use by law enforcement, military, corrections and private security personnel, and by private individuals for personal defense. It is also engaged in development of connected wearable on-officer cameras. It operates through two segments: the sale of CEWs, accessories, and other related products and services (the TASER Weapons segment), and the Axon business, focused on devices, wearables, applications, cloud and mobile products (the Axon segment). Its TASER Weapons product line includes TASER X26P, TASER X2, TASER C2, TASER Pulse and Replacement Cartridges. Its hardware products include Axon Body 2, Axon Flex, Axon Fleet, Axon Interview, Axon Signal and Axon Dock. Its Axon software and mobile technologies include Evidence.com, Evidence.com for Prosecutors, Evidence Sync, Axon Capture, Axon View, Axon Five, Axon Convert and Axon Detect.

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