Curtiss-Wright (NYSE: CW) and Moog (NYSE:MOG.A) are both mid-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Curtiss-Wright and Moog, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Curtiss-Wright 0 2 6 0 2.75
Moog 1 1 1 0 2.00

Curtiss-Wright presently has a consensus target price of $135.29, suggesting a potential upside of 2.89%. Moog has a consensus target price of $98.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.47%. Given Moog’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Moog is more favorable than Curtiss-Wright.

Profitability

This table compares Curtiss-Wright and Moog’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Curtiss-Wright 9.46% 15.46% 7.02%
Moog 4.42% 12.60% 4.73%

Dividends

Curtiss-Wright pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Moog does not pay a dividend. Curtiss-Wright pays out 11.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Curtiss-Wright has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Curtiss-Wright has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its share price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Moog has a beta of 1.77, indicating that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Curtiss-Wright and Moog’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Curtiss-Wright $2.27 billion 2.56 $214.89 million $5.03 26.14
Moog $2.50 billion 1.16 $141.28 million $3.90 20.79

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.8% of Curtiss-Wright shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.7% of Moog shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Curtiss-Wright shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of Moog shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Curtiss-Wright beats Moog on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Curtiss-Wright Company Profile

Curtiss-Wright Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and overhauls precision components, and engineered products and services primarily to the aerospace, defense, general industrial, and power generation markets worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Commercial/Industrial, Defense, and Power. The Commercial/Industrial segment offers industrial vehicle products, such as electronic throttle control devices, joysticks, and transmission shifters; sensors, controls and electro-mechanical actuation components, and utility systems used in commercial aircrafts; valves for use in the industrial and naval defense markets; and surface technology services, including shot peening, laser peening, coatings, and advanced testing. The Defense segment provides commercial off-the-shelf embedded computing board level modules, integrated subsystems, flight test equipment, instrumentation and control systems, turret aiming and stabilization products, and weapons handling systems; and avionics and electronics, and aircraft data management solutions to the commercial aerospace market. The Power segment offers hardware, pumps, valves, fastening systems, specialized containment doors, airlock hatches, spent fuel management products, and fluid sealing technologies for nuclear power plants and nuclear equipment manufacturers; and naval propulsion and auxiliary equipment, including coolant pumps, power-dense compact motors, generators, and secondary propulsion systems primarily to the U.S. navy. Curtiss-Wright Corporation was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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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