Contrasting Exelis (NYSE:XLS) and Its Rivals

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) is one of 43 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Exelis to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.2% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Exelis and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exelis Competitors 516 2299 2540 95 2.41

As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 7.78%. Given Exelis’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Exelis has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exelis and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelis N/A N/A 20.07
Exelis Competitors $9.19 billion $598.63 million 575.27

Exelis’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Exelis. Exelis is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Exelis and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exelis 7.52% 18.51% 4.87%
Exelis Competitors -6.98% 24.45% 2.83%

Summary

Exelis rivals beat Exelis on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

About Exelis

Exelis Inc. (Exelis) is a diversified aerospace, defense, information and services company. The Company delivers mission-critical solutions to military, government and commercial customers in the United States and globally. It operates in two segments: Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Electronics and Systems, and Information and Technical Services. Its C4ISR Electronics and Systems segment provides engineered systems and solutions, including: ISR systems; integrated electronic warfare systems; radar and sonar systems; electronic attack and release systems; communications solutions; space systems, and composite aerostructures. The Company’s Information and Technical Services segment provides a range of service solutions: systems integration; network design and development; air traffic management; cyber; intelligence; advanced engineering, and space launch and range-support.

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