AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) and Moog (NYSE:MOG) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.


This table compares AeroVironment and Moog’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AeroVironment 10.42% 8.23% 7.39%
Moog 5.95% 13.33% 5.07%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for AeroVironment and Moog, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AeroVironment 0 4 0 0 2.00
Moog 1 0 0 0 1.00

AeroVironment currently has a consensus price target of $39.50, indicating a potential downside of 26.31%. Moog has a consensus price target of $75.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.40%. Given Moog’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Moog is more favorable than AeroVironment.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AeroVironment and Moog’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AeroVironment $264.87 million 4.83 $12.47 million $1.31 40.92
Moog N/A N/A N/A $3.90 21.23

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.0% of AeroVironment shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.0% of AeroVironment shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

AeroVironment has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Moog has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.


AeroVironment beats Moog on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AeroVironment

AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces, supports and operates a portfolio of products and services for government agencies, businesses and consumers. The Company operates through two segments: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, support and operation of UAS and tactical missile systems that provide situational awareness, multi-band communications, force protection and other mission effects, and Efficient Energy Systems (EES), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, marketing, support and operation of electric energy systems. The Company supplies UAS, tactical missile systems and related services primarily to organizations within the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The Company also supplies charging systems and services for electric vehicles (EVs), and power cycling and test systems to commercial, consumer and government customers.

About Moog

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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