Comparing FLIR Systems (FLIR) and Its Peers

FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) is one of 62 publicly-traded companies in the “AEROSPACE/DEFENSE” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare FLIR Systems to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

FLIR Systems has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FLIR Systems’ competitors have a beta of 0.80, suggesting that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares FLIR Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FLIR Systems 5.96% 14.54% 9.63%
FLIR Systems Competitors -0.96% -265.64% 8.24%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.9% of FLIR Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.3% of shares of all “AEROSPACE/DEFENSE” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of FLIR Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “AEROSPACE/DEFENSE” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares FLIR Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
FLIR Systems $1.80 billion $107.22 million 64.23
FLIR Systems Competitors $8.26 billion $580.70 million 22.51

FLIR Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than FLIR Systems. FLIR Systems is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for FLIR Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FLIR Systems 0 1 3 1 3.00
FLIR Systems Competitors 371 2192 2978 101 2.50

FLIR Systems currently has a consensus target price of $50.80, indicating a potential upside of 1.40%. As a group, “AEROSPACE/DEFENSE” companies have a potential upside of 3.40%. Given FLIR Systems’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe FLIR Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


FLIR Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. FLIR Systems pays out 82.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “AEROSPACE/DEFENSE” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 39.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. FLIR Systems lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.


FLIR Systems beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

FLIR Systems Company Profile

FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) designs, develops, markets and distributes thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locater systems, measurement and diagnostic systems and threat-detection solutions. The Company’s segments include Surveillance, Instruments, Security, OEM & Emerging Markets, Maritime and Detection. Its Surveillance segment provides enhanced imaging and recognition solutions. Its Instruments segment provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial, and scientific applications under the FLIR and Extech brands. Its OEM & Emerging Markets segment provides thermal imaging camera cores and components. Its Maritime segment develops and manufactures electronics and imaging instruments. Its Security segment develops and manufactures a range of cameras and video recording systems. The Detection segment offers sensors, instruments and integrated platform solutions.

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