United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) and Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares United Technologies Corporation and Astronics Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Technologies Corporation 9.15% 18.07% 5.91%
Astronics Corporation 6.73% 12.12% 6.72%

Volatility & Risk

United Technologies Corporation has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Astronics Corporation has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for United Technologies Corporation and Astronics Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Technologies Corporation 0 11 4 0 2.27
Astronics Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

United Technologies Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $125.77, indicating a potential upside of 5.85%. Astronics Corporation has a consensus target price of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.42%. Given Astronics Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Astronics Corporation is more favorable than United Technologies Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

78.8% of United Technologies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.6% of Astronics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of United Technologies Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of Astronics Corporation shares are held 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.

Dividends

United Technologies Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Astronics Corporation does not pay a dividend. United Technologies Corporation pays out 42.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. United Technologies Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares United Technologies Corporation and Astronics Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
United Technologies Corporation $58.11 billion 1.63 $10.15 billion $6.56 18.11
Astronics Corporation $612.68 million 1.45 $86.53 million $1.38 22.47

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

Summary

United Technologies Corporation beats Astronics Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corporation is engaged in providing high technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries around the world. The Company operates through four segments: Otis; UTC Climate, Controls & Security; Pratt & Whitney, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Otis operates as an elevator and escalator manufacturing, installation and service company. UTC Climate, Controls & Security segment is engaged in providing heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration solutions. The Pratt & Whitney segment supplies aircraft engines for the commercial, military, business jet and general aviation markets. Pratt & Whitney segment provides fleet management services and aftermarket maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The UTC Aerospace Systems segment provides aerospace products and aftermarket service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, regional, business and general aviation markets, military, space and undersea operations.

About Astronics Corporation

Astronics Corporation is a supplier of products to the aerospace, defense, electronics and semiconductor industries. The Company’s products and services include electrical power generation, distribution and motion systems, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems. The Company operates through two segments: Aerospace and Test Systems. The Aerospace segment designs and manufactures products for the global aerospace industry. Its product lines include lighting and safety systems, electrical power generation, distribution and motions systems, aircraft structures, avionics products, systems certification and other products. The Test Systems segment designs, develops, manufactures and maintains automated test systems that support the semiconductor, aerospace, communications and weapons test systems, as well as training and simulation devices for both commercial and military applications.

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