AeroVironment (AVAV) versus Bba Aviation (BBAVY) Critical Review

Bba Aviation (OTCMKTS: BBAVY) and AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Bba Aviation and AeroVironment, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bba Aviation 0 1 1 0 2.50
AeroVironment 0 4 0 0 2.00

AeroVironment has a consensus price target of $39.50, indicating a potential downside of 14.30%. Given AeroVironment’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AeroVironment is more favorable than Bba Aviation.

Profitability

This table compares Bba Aviation and AeroVironment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bba Aviation N/A N/A N/A
AeroVironment 10.50% 9.15% 8.23%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Bba Aviation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.8% of AeroVironment shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.0% of AeroVironment shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Bba Aviation pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. AeroVironment does not pay a dividend. Bba Aviation pays out 17.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bba Aviation and AeroVironment’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bba Aviation $2.37 billion 1.99 $119.40 million $0.96 23.83
AeroVironment $264.87 million 4.16 $12.47 million $0.54 85.35

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

Risk and Volatility

Bba Aviation has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AeroVironment has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AeroVironment beats Bba Aviation on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bba Aviation Company Profile

BBA Aviation plc provides aviation support and aftermarket services to the business and general aviation (B&GA) markets in the United Kingdom, Mainland Europe, North America, and internationally. It operates through Flight Support and Aftermarket Services segments. The company operates Signature Flight Support, a fixed base operation network that offers service support for B&GA travel, including office rentals and other technical services, fuelling, ground handling, passenger and pilot services, and amenities; hangarage for resting and at home aircraft; technical support, line maintenance, and aircraft on ground services through Signature TECHNICAir; and aircraft management and charter services through Gama Aviation Signature Aircraft Management to the passengers, operators, and pilots of the B&GA fleet. It also provides a portfolio of licensed parts and MRO services, including equipment, components, and spare parts for maturing and legacy platforms; transforms on-core products from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs); and provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for commercial, B&GA, and military fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their customers. In addition, the company offers engine repair and overhaul services, such as full engine overhaul, scheduled engine repair, on-wing in-field repair, aircraft-on-ground support, engine accessory part, and component repair services to private and commercial operators of aircrafts in the B&GA, regional airline, and rotorcraft fleets. BBA Aviation plc was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

AeroVironment Company Profile

AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces, supports and operates a portfolio of products and services for government agencies, businesses and consumers. The Company operates through two segments: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, support and operation of UAS and tactical missile systems that provide situational awareness, multi-band communications, force protection and other mission effects, and Efficient Energy Systems (EES), which focuses primarily on the design, development, production, marketing, support and operation of electric energy systems. The Company supplies UAS, tactical missile systems and related services primarily to organizations within the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The Company also supplies charging systems and services for electric vehicles (EVs), and power cycling and test systems to commercial, consumer and government customers.

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