American Science & Engineering (ASEI) and Its Rivals Critical Review

American Science & Engineering (NASDAQ: ASEI) is one of 44 public companies in the “Aerospace & Defense” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare American Science & Engineering to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares American Science & Engineering and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Science & Engineering 0.19% 0.15% 0.13%
American Science & Engineering Competitors -5.01% 23.31% 3.84%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Science & Engineering and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
American Science & Engineering N/A N/A -100.13
American Science & Engineering Competitors $8.56 billion $1.20 billion 81.73

American Science & Engineering’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than American Science & Engineering. American Science & Engineering is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

American Science & Engineering has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Science & Engineering’s peers have a beta of 1.06, indicating that their average stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

American Science & Engineering pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. American Science & Engineering pays out -540.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 36.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American Science & Engineering is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.9% of American Science & Engineering shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of shares of all “Aerospace & Defense” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of American Science & Engineering 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for American Science & Engineering and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Science & Engineering 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Science & Engineering Competitors 472 2091 2316 82 2.40

As a group, “Aerospace & Defense” companies have a potential upside of 3.19%. Given American Science & Engineering’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe American Science & Engineering has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

American Science & Engineering Company Profile

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is engaged in developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling X-ray inspection and other detection products. The Company manufactures X-ray inspection products that can be used to inspect parcels, baggage, vehicles, pallets, cargo containers and people. The Company offers its products for homeland security, force protection, public safety and other critical defense and security applications. The Company’s products and services are grouped into approximately five areas: cargo inspection systems, which include OmniView Gantry System, Z Portal System, Sentry Portal System, CarView System and ASE Connect; mobile cargo inspection systems, which include Z Backscatter Van; parcel and personnel screening inspection systems, which include Gemini System, SmartCheck System and MINI Z System; custom products, and service and support.

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