Mercury Systems (MRCY) versus Its Competitors Critical Survey

Mercury Systems (NASDAQ: MRCY) is one of 44 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Mercury Systems to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Mercury Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Mercury Systems $408.59 million $77.23 million 88.10
Mercury Systems Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 81.62

Mercury Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Mercury Systems. Mercury 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.4% of Mercury Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Mercury Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Mercury Systems and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mercury Systems 0 2 5 0 2.71
Mercury Systems Competitors 472 2090 2311 82 2.40

Mercury Systems currently has a consensus target price of $45.20, indicating a potential downside of 11.55%. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 3.43%. Given Mercury Systems’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mercury Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mercury Systems 6.09% 4.87% 3.56%
Mercury Systems Competitors -5.00% 24.66% 3.97%

Risk & Volatility

Mercury Systems has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mercury Systems’ competitors have a beta of 1.06, meaning that their average stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Mercury Systems competitors beat Mercury Systems on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems, Inc. is a commercial provider of secure processing subsystems designed and made in the United States. The Company’s solutions support a range of defense and intelligence programs. Its technologies include embedded processing modules and subsystems, radio frequency (RF) and microwave multi-function assemblies, as well as subsystems, and RF and microwave components. It designs and builds RF and microwave components and subsystems for the electronic warfare (EW), signals intelligence (SIGINT) and other communications requirements and applications. It offers analyst services and systems engineering support, consulting, maintenance and other support, testing and installation. It designs, markets and sells software and middleware environments for the development and execution of signal and image processing applications on a range of heterogeneous and multi-computing platforms. It also offers solutions in mission computing, safety-critical avionics and platform management.

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