BWX Technologies (NYSE: BWXT) is one of 44 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare BWX Technologies to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.0% of BWX Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of BWX Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

BWX Technologies has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BWX Technologies’ competitors have a beta of 1.05, indicating that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

BWX Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. BWX Technologies pays out 23.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 36.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares BWX Technologies and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BWX Technologies 11.81% 107.13% 12.81%
BWX Technologies Competitors -5.31% 25.01% 3.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for BWX Technologies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BWX Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
BWX Technologies Competitors 552 2255 2410 91 2.38

BWX Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $51.40, indicating a potential downside of 6.08%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 4.91%. Given BWX Technologies’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BWX Technologies has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BWX Technologies and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BWX Technologies $1.62 billion $322.78 million 28.96
BWX Technologies Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 82.17

BWX Technologies’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than BWX Technologies. BWX Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

BWX Technologies competitors beat BWX Technologies on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

BWX Technologies Company Profile

BWX Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer of nuclear components and a service provider. The Company’s businesses focus on the design, engineering and manufacture of precision naval nuclear components, reactors and nuclear fuel for the United States Government. Its segments include Nuclear Operations, Technical Services, Nuclear Energy and Other. It provides uranium processing and environmental site restoration services, as well as a range of products and services to customers in the nuclear power industry. Nuclear Operations engineers, designs and manufactures precision naval nuclear components and reactors for the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Technical Services provides various services to the United States Government. Nuclear Energy designs, licenses, manufactures and delivers commercial nuclear steam generators, pressure vessels, reactor components, heat exchangers and other auxiliary equipment.

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