Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) versus L3Harris (NYSE:LHX) Head to Head Comparison

Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) and L3Harris (NYSE:LHX) are both large-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Raytheon and L3Harris’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Raytheon $27.06 billion 1.83 $2.91 billion $10.61 16.79
L3Harris $6.80 billion 3.66 $949.00 million $8.29 25.44

Raytheon has higher revenue and earnings than L3Harris. Raytheon is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than L3Harris, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Raytheon has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, L3Harris has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Raytheon pays an annual dividend of $3.77 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. L3Harris pays an annual dividend of $2.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Raytheon pays out 35.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. L3Harris pays out 33.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Raytheon has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years. Raytheon is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Raytheon and L3Harris, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Raytheon 0 4 10 0 2.71
L3Harris 0 1 8 0 2.89

Raytheon presently has a consensus target price of $210.14, suggesting a potential upside of 17.93%. L3Harris has a consensus target price of $235.41, suggesting a potential upside of 11.64%. Given Raytheon’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Raytheon is more favorable than L3Harris.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.7% of Raytheon shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of L3Harris shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Raytheon shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of L3Harris shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Raytheon and L3Harris’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Raytheon 10.96% 26.34% 9.78%
L3Harris 13.95% 29.27% 10.17%

Summary

L3Harris beats Raytheon on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Raytheon Company Profile

Raytheon Company develops integrated products, services, and solutions for the defense and other government markets worldwide. It operates through five segments: Integrated Defense Systems (IDS); Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS); Missile Systems (MS); Space and Airborne Systems (SAS); and Forcepoint. The IDS segment offers integrated air and missile defense; land- and sea-based radar solutions; command, control, communications, computers, cyber, and intelligence solutions; naval combat and ship electronic and sensing systems; and undersea sensing and effects solutions. The IIS segment provides technical and professional services, such as navigation, DoD space and weather solutions, cybersecurity, analytics, training, logistics, mission support, software-based complex systems, automation and sustainment solutions, and air traffic management systems, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions. The MS segment develops and supports weapon systems comprising missiles, smart munitions, close-in weapon systems, projectiles, kinetic kill vehicles, directed energy effectors, and combat sensor solutions. The SAS segment provides civil and military electro-optical/infrared sensors; airborne radars for surveillance and fire control applications; lasers; precision guidance systems; signals intelligence systems; processors; electronic warfare systems; tactical and strategic communications; and space-qualified systems. The Forcepoint segment offers cyber security products that include risk adaptive data loss prevention; user and entity behavior analytics and cloud access security broker capabilities; insider threat solutions; firewall technology; cloud and on premise Web and email security; and cross domain transfer products. The company was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

L3Harris Company Profile

L3Harris Technologies, Inc. provides technology-based solutions that solve government and commercial customers' mission-critical challenges in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems, and Space and Intelligence Systems. It designs, develops, and manufactures radio communications products and systems, including single channel ground and airborne radio systems, multiband manpack and handheld radios, multi-channel manpack and airborne radios, and single-channel airborne radios, as well as wideband rifleman team, ground, and high frequency manpack radios. The company also offers vision-enhancing products; wireless communications systems; and Internet protocol based voice and data communications systems, as well as single-band land mobile radio terminals and multiband radios comprising a handheld radio and a full-spectrum mobile radio for vehicles. In addition, it provides electronic warfare, avionics, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions for defense and classified customers; and mission-critical communication systems for civil and military aviation and other customers. Further, the company offers intelligence, space protection, geospatial, earth observation, exploration, positioning, navigation and timing, and environmental solutions using advanced sensors, antennas, and payloads, as well as ground processing and information analytics for national security, defense, civil and commercial customers. The company was formerly known as Harris Corporation and changed its name to L3Harris Technologies, Inc. in June 2019. L3Harris Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.

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