Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and Moog (NYSE:MOG) are both mid-cap aerospace companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Huntington Ingalls Industries and Moog’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Huntington Ingalls Industries $7.07 billion 1.49 $573.00 million $13.24 17.58
Moog N/A N/A N/A $3.90 21.23

Huntington Ingalls Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Moog. Huntington Ingalls Industries is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Moog, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Huntington Ingalls Industries has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Moog has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Huntington Ingalls Industries and Moog’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huntington Ingalls Industries 8.31% 33.37% 8.90%
Moog 5.95% 13.33% 5.07%

Dividends

Huntington Ingalls Industries pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Moog does not pay a dividend. Huntington Ingalls Industries pays out 21.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Huntington Ingalls Industries has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.2% of Huntington Ingalls Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Huntington Ingalls Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Huntington Ingalls Industries and Moog, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huntington Ingalls Industries 2 3 2 0 2.00
Moog 0 1 0 0 2.00

Huntington Ingalls Industries currently has a consensus target price of $212.67, indicating a potential downside of 8.64%. Moog has a consensus target price of $75.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.40%. Given Huntington Ingalls Industries’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Huntington Ingalls Industries is more favorable than Moog.

Summary

Huntington Ingalls Industries beats Moog on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Company Profile

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. is a military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. The Company’s business consists of the design, construction, repair and maintenance of nuclear-powered ships and non-nuclear ships for the United States Navy and coastal defense surface ships for the United States Coast Guard, as well as the refueling and overhaul and inactivation of nuclear-powered ships for the United States Navy. It operates through three segments: Ingalls Shipbuilding (Ingalls), Newport News Shipbuilding (Newport News) and Technical Solutions. Its Ingalls segment includes its non-nuclear ship design, construction, repair and maintenance businesses. Its Newport News includes all of its nuclear ship design, construction, overhaul, refueling, and repair and maintenance businesses. Its Technical Solutions segment provides a range of professional services to the governmental, energy, and oil and gas markets.

Moog Company Profile

Moog Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion and fluid controls and systems for a range of applications in aerospace and defense and industrial markets. The Company has five segments: Aircraft Controls, Space and Defense Controls, Industrial Systems, Components and Medical Devices. Its Aircraft Controls segment designs, manufactures and integrates primary and secondary flight controls for military and commercial aircraft, and provides aftermarket support. Its Space and Defense Controls segment provides controls for satellites, space vehicles, launch vehicles, armored combat vehicles, tactical and strategic missiles, security and surveillance and other defense applications. Its Industrial Systems segment serves a global customer base across various markets. Its Components segment offers slip rings, fiber optic rotary joints, motors, sensors and handpieces product line. Its Medical Devices segment focuses on infusion therapy and enteral clinical nutrition.

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