B/E Aerospace (NASDAQ: BEAV) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare B/E Aerospace to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

B/E Aerospace has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, B/E Aerospace’s peers have a beta of 1.05, suggesting that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.


B/E Aerospace pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. B/E Aerospace pays out 27.3% 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.


This table compares B/E Aerospace and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
B/E Aerospace 8.27% 118.81% 7.21%
B/E Aerospace Competitors -5.38% 26.22% 3.92%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares B/E Aerospace and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
B/E Aerospace N/A N/A 20.93
B/E Aerospace Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 82.19

B/E Aerospace’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than B/E Aerospace. B/E Aerospace is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for B/E Aerospace and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
B/E Aerospace 0 9 2 0 2.18
B/E Aerospace Competitors 552 2255 2413 91 2.38

B/E Aerospace presently has a consensus price target of $59.57, suggesting a potential downside of 7.60%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 4.84%. Given B/E Aerospace’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe B/E Aerospace has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.0% of B/E Aerospace shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of B/E Aerospace 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


B/E Aerospace peers beat B/E Aerospace on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About B/E Aerospace

B/E Aerospace, Inc. is a manufacturer of cabin interior products for commercial aircraft and business jets. The Company sells its products and provides services directly to airlines and aerospace manufacturer. It operates through two segments. The Company manufactures aircraft seats, offering a selection of first class, business class, tourist class and regional aircraft seats. It manufactures and sells seats, which include the seat frame, cushions, armrests, tray table and a range of optional features, such as adjustable lumbar supports, electrical actuation systems, footrests, reading lights, head/neck supports and other comfort amenities. The business jet segment’s products include a range of business jet seating and sofa products, including electric fully berthing lie-flat seats, air valves and oxygen delivery systems as well as sidewalls, bulkheads, credenzas, closets, galley structures, lavatories, wastewater systems, de-icing systems, cabin management systems and tables.

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