Reviewing Exelis (XLS) and The Competition

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.0% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Exelis and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelis 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exelis Competitors 507 2251 2461 93 2.40

As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 4.16%. Given Exelis’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Exelis has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

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 -6.64% 21.91% 3.24%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelis N/A N/A 20.07
Exelis Competitors $8.89 billion $721.62 million 209.65

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.

Summary

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

Exelis Company Profile

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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