Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA) and Astrotech (NASDAQ:ASTC) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
80.9% of Orbital ATK shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.9% of Astrotech shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Orbital ATK shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.9% of Astrotech shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Orbital ATK and Astrotech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Orbital ATK pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Astrotech does not pay a dividend. Orbital ATK has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Orbital ATK and Astrotech’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Orbital ATK has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Astrotech.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Orbital ATK and Astrotech, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Orbital ATK currently has a consensus price target of $134.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Given Orbital ATK’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Orbital ATK is more favorable than Astrotech.
Orbital ATK beats Astrotech on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Orbital ATK Company Profile
Orbital ATK, Inc. develops and produces aerospace and defense related products to the U.S. Government, allied nations, prime contractors, and other customers in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Flight Systems Group, Defense Systems Group, and Space Systems Group. The Flight Systems Group segment develops launch vehicles that are used as small-and medium-class space launch vehicles to place satellites into Earth orbit and escape trajectories; interceptor and target vehicles for missile defense systems; suborbital launch vehicles that place payloads into various high-altitude trajectories; rocket propulsion systems for human and cargo launch vehicles; strategic missiles; missile defense interceptors and target vehicles; and composite structures for military and commercial aircraft and launch structures markets. The Defense Systems Group segment develops and produces military ammunition; propulsion systems for tactical missiles and missile defense applications; strike weapons; precision weapons and munitions; high-performance gun systems; aircraft survivability systems; fuzes and warheads; propellant and energetic materials; special mission aircraft; airborne missile warning systems; and defense electronics. The Space Systems Group segment offers small-and medium-class satellites that are used to enable global and regional communications and broadcasting; conduct space-related scientific research; and perform activities related to national security. This segment also provides human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit and deep-space exploration, including re-supplying the international space station; and spacecraft components and subsystems, as well as specialized engineering and operations services. Orbital ATK, Inc. is headquartered in Dulles, Virginia.
Astrotech Company Profile
Astrotech Corporation operates as a science and technology development and commercialization company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Astro Scientific and Astral. The Astro Scientific segment develops, manufactures, and sells chemical analyzers for use in the airport security, military, breath analysis markets, including MMS-1000, a small and low-power desktop analyzer designed for the laboratory market; and OEM-1000, an original equipment manufacturer component that drives the MMS-1000. This segment also develops vaccines and other therapeutics. The Astral segment offers Astral Black ICE, a system targeted mainly towards the black-and-white feature film and television series digitization and restoration markets; Astral Color ICE, a standalone AI software solution that integrates into film scanners to enable color image correction and enhancement; and Astral HDR ICE, high dynamic range solution that upgrades digital and traditional films to the HDR10 standard. The company was formerly known as SPACEHAB, Inc. and changed its name to Astrotech Corporation in 2009. Astrotech Corporation was founded in 1984 is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
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