Financial Comparison: CAE (CAE) & Its Peers

CAE (NYSE: CAE) is one of 25 public companies in the “Miscellaneous electrical machinery, equipment, & supplies” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare CAE to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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CAE pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. CAE pays out 36.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Miscellaneous electrical machinery, equipment, & supplies” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 33.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CAE has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. CAE lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CAE and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CAE $2.06 billion $191.59 million 23.73
CAE Competitors $793.44 million $37.39 million 5.57

CAE has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. CAE is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

CAE has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CAE’s peers have a beta of 0.76, suggesting that their average share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares CAE and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAE 11.31% 13.03% 5.20%
CAE Competitors -0.27% -139.09% 17.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.1% of CAE shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.4% of shares of all “Miscellaneous electrical machinery, equipment, & supplies” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.3% of CAE shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.3% of shares of all “Miscellaneous electrical machinery, equipment, & supplies” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for CAE and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAE 0 2 2 0 2.50
CAE Competitors 43 276 453 11 2.55

CAE presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.33%. As a group, “Miscellaneous electrical machinery, equipment, & supplies” companies have a potential upside of 22.10%. Given CAE’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CAE has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

CAE beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About CAE

CAE Inc. provides training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. The Company designs and integrates training solutions. It operates through three segments: Civil Aviation Training Solutions, Defense and Security, and Healthcare. The Company provides training solutions for flight, cabin, maintenance and ground personnel in commercial, business and helicopter aviation, a range of flight simulation training devices, as well as ab initio pilot training and crew sourcing services. The Company is a training systems integrator for defense forces across the air, land and sea domains, and for government and civil security organizations responsible for public safety. The Company designs, manufactures and markets simulators, simulation center management solutions and courseware for training of medical and allied healthcare students and clinicians in educational institutions, hospitals and defense organizations across the world.

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