Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) and LMI Aerospace (NASDAQ:LMIA) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitabiliy.

Volatility and Risk

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LMI Aerospace has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Curtiss-Wright Corporation and LMI Aerospace, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Curtiss-Wright Corporation 0 3 2 0 2.40
LMI Aerospace 0 1 0 0 2.00

Curtiss-Wright Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $107.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.31%. Given Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Curtiss-Wright Corporation is more favorable than LMI Aerospace.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Curtiss-Wright Corporation 9.14% 14.79% 6.42%
LMI Aerospace -7.72% -31.20% -6.63%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Curtiss-Wright Corporation and LMI Aerospace’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Curtiss-Wright Corporation $2.16 billion 1.98 $414.23 million $4.41 22.00
LMI Aerospace N/A N/A N/A ($3.04) -4.60

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


Curtiss-Wright Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. LMI Aerospace does not pay a dividend. Curtiss-Wright Corporation pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Curtiss-Wright Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.8% of Curtiss-Wright Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.9% of LMI Aerospace shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Curtiss-Wright Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.5% of LMI Aerospace shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Curtiss-Wright Corporation beats LMI Aerospace on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a manufacturing and service company that designs, manufactures, and overhauls precision components and provides engineered products and services to the aerospace, defense, power generation and general industrial markets. The Company operates through three segments: Commercial/Industrial, Defense and Power. The Commercial/Industrial segment’s products include electronic throttle control devices and transmission shifters, electro-mechanical actuation control components, valves, and surface technology services. The Defense segment’s products include commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing board level modules, turret aiming and stabilization products, weapons handling systems, avionics and electronics, flight test equipment, and aircraft data management solutions. The Power segment’s products include a range of hardware, pumps, valves, fastening systems, specialized containment doors, airlock hatches and spent fuel management products.

About LMI Aerospace

LMI Aerospace, Inc. is a supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components, and design engineering services to the aerospace and defense markets. The Company operates in two business segments consisting of its Aerostructures segment and its Engineering Services segment. Its Aerostructures segment fabricates, machines, finishes, integrates, assembles and kits machined and formed close tolerance aluminum, specialty alloy and composite components and higher level assemblies for use by the aerospace and defense industries. Its Engineering Services segment provides a range of design, engineering and program management services, supporting aircraft product lifecycles from conceptual design, analysis and certification through production support, fleet support and service life extensions through an engineering solution to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 aerospace suppliers, and airline operators.

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