Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS) and Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE:PCP) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.1% of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.2% of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kratos Defense & Security Solutions and Precision Castparts Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions $701.00 million 1.61 $20.10 million ($0.66) -19.70
Precision Castparts Corp. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Precision Castparts Corp..

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Kratos Defense & Security Solutions and Precision Castparts Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions 0 2 5 0 2.71
Precision Castparts Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $12.89, suggesting a potential downside of 0.82%. Given Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is more favorable than Precision Castparts Corp..

Profitability

This table compares Kratos Defense & Security Solutions and Precision Castparts Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions -6.29% -1.40% -0.44%
Precision Castparts Corp. 15.17% 12.16% 6.86%

Summary

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions beats Precision Castparts Corp. on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Company Profile

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. is a technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution company focused on the United States and its allies’ national security. The Kratos Government Solutions segment includes the operations of Defense Rocket Support Services, Microwave Electronics Division, Technical and Training Solutions, and Modular Systems, which provide technology-based defense solutions, involving products and services, with the focus relating to the nation’s Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance requirements. The Unmanned Systems segment includes its unmanned aerial, ground, seaborne and command, control and communications system business. The Public Safety & Security segment provides integrated solutions for homeland security, public safety, critical infrastructure, and security and surveillance systems for government and commercial applications.

Precision Castparts Corp. Company Profile

Precision Castparts Corp. is a manufacturer of metal components and products. The Company has three business segments: Investment Cast Products, Forged Products and Airframe Products. The Company’s Investment Cast Products segment manufactures investment castings and provides related investment casting materials and alloys, for aircraft engines, industrial gas turbine (IGT) engines, airframes, armaments, medical prostheses, unmanned aerial vehicles and other industrial applications. The Company’s Forged Products segment manufactures forged components from titanium and nickel-based alloys, and nickel, titanium and cobalt-based alloys for aerospace and non-aerospace markets, which include products for oil and gas, chemical processing and pollution control applications. The Company’s Airframe Products segment manufactures fasteners, fastener systems, fluid fittings, aerostructures and precision components, primarily for aerospace applications.

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