Reviewing Esterline Technologies (ESL) & Schmitt Industries (SMIT)

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Esterline Technologies (NYSE:ESL) and Schmitt Industries (NASDAQ:SMIT) are both aerospace companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Esterline Technologies and Schmitt Industries, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Esterline Technologies 0 5 1 0 2.17
Schmitt Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Esterline Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $116.78, indicating a potential downside of 4.35%. Given Esterline Technologies’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Esterline Technologies is more favorable than Schmitt Industries.

Risk & Volatility

Esterline Technologies has a beta of 0.42, suggesting that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Schmitt Industries has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Esterline Technologies and Schmitt Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Esterline Technologies 6.78% 8.01% 4.77%
Schmitt Industries -1.61% -2.41% -2.03%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Esterline Technologies and Schmitt Industries’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Esterline Technologies $2.03 billion 1.78 $69.45 million $4.17 29.28
Schmitt Industries $13.89 million 0.77 $210,000.00 N/A N/A

Esterline Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Schmitt Industries.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.3% of Esterline Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.1% of Schmitt Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Esterline Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.0% of Schmitt Industries 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.


Esterline Technologies beats Schmitt Industries on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Esterline Technologies Company Profile

Esterline Technologies Corp. engages in the manufacture of aircraft parts and components, automated drilling products and machine tool systems. It operates through the following segments: Avionics & Controls; Sensors & Systems; and Advanced Materials. The Avionics & Controls segment includes avionics systems, control systems, interface technologies and communication systems capabilities. The Sensors & Systems segment includes power systems, connection technologies and advanced sensors capabilities. The Advanced Materials segment includes engineered materials and defense technologies capabilities. The company also develops and manufactures combustible ordnance and countermeasures for military applications. Esterline Technologies was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Bellevue, WA.

Schmitt Industries Company Profile

Schmitt Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells test and measurement products worldwide. The company's Balancer segment offers computer-controlled vibration detection, balancing, and process control systems. Its products comprise Schmitt Dynamic Balance System, which consists of a vibration sensor, a computer control unit, and a balance head; SB-5500, an optional acoustic emission monitoring system (AEMS) control card to monitor the AE signals generated on the grinding machine; process control cards to provide enhanced control of the grinding process; SB-2000, a compact manual balancing system; and AE-1000, an AE control platform, which reduces air machine grinding time. This segment sells its products to end user operators, as well as manufacturers of grinding machines for automotive, industrial, aerospace, and medical industries through independent manufacturers' representatives and distributors. Its Measurement segment provides laser and white light sensors for distance, dimensional, and area measurement for various commercial applications; and ultrasonic measurement products that measure the levels of liquid tanks and transmit that data through satellite to a secure Website for display. This segment's products include distance measurement, laser displacement, and chromatic confocal sensors, as well as laser line scanners; and remote tank monitoring products. The company offers its products under the SBS, Acuity, Xact, SMS, Lasercheck, and AccuProfile trademarks. Schmitt Industries, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

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