Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aerospace and defense company Astronics (Nasdaq: ATRO ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Astronics' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||East Aurora, N.Y. (1968)|
|Market Cap||$339.3 million|
|Industry||Aerospace and defense|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$238.2 million|
|Management||CEO Peter Gundermann (since 2003)
CFO David Burney (since 2003)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||14.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$8.2 million / $27.6 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 314 members who have rated Astronics believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Growing owner earnings and free cash flow at a nice clip, high [return on invested capital] and [cash return on invested capital], sales and earnings growing nicely, and priced right. I would like to see a little less debt, but this company is small and growing fast -- I'll be slightly forgiving here. It's an un-sexy industry as well.
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