FLIR Systems (FLIR) and Applied Energetics (AERG) Critical Comparison

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FLIR Systems (NASDAQ:FLIR) and Applied Energetics (OTCMKTS:AERG) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.7% of FLIR Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of FLIR Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.6% of Applied Energetics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares FLIR Systems and Applied Energetics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FLIR Systems $1.80 billion 3.72 $107.22 million $1.88 25.74
Applied Energetics N/A N/A -$790,000.00 N/A N/A

FLIR Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Applied Energetics.

Volatility & Risk

FLIR Systems has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Applied Energetics has a beta of 4.43, meaning that its share price is 343% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares FLIR Systems and Applied Energetics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FLIR Systems 7.33% 16.74% 11.12%
Applied Energetics N/A N/A -643.35%


FLIR Systems pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Applied Energetics does not pay a dividend. FLIR Systems pays out 34.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FLIR Systems has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for FLIR Systems and Applied Energetics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FLIR Systems 0 2 5 0 2.71
Applied Energetics 0 0 0 0 N/A

FLIR Systems presently has a consensus price target of $57.80, indicating a potential upside of 19.42%. Given FLIR Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe FLIR Systems is more favorable than Applied Energetics.


FLIR Systems beats Applied Energetics on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

FLIR Systems Company Profile

FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locater systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and threat-detection solutions worldwide. The company operates in six segments: Surveillance, Instruments, Security, OEM & Emerging Markets, Maritime, and Detection. The Surveillance segment provides enhanced imaging and recognition solutions for various military, law enforcement, public safety, and other government customers for the protection of borders, troops, and public welfare. This segment also develops hand-held and weapon-mounted thermal imaging systems. The Instruments segment offer devices that image, measure, and assess thermal energy, gases, electricity, and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial, and scientific applications. The Security segment develops and manufactures cameras and video recording systems for use in commercial, critical infrastructure, and home monitoring applications. The OEM & Emerging Markets segment provides thermal and visible-spectrum imaging camera cores and components that are utilized by third parties to create thermal, industrial, and other types of imaging systems. The segment also develops and manufactures intelligent traffic systems; imaging solutions for the smartphone and mobile devices market; and thermal imaging solutions for commercial-use unmanned aerial systems. The Maritime segment develops and manufactures electronics and imaging instruments for the recreational and commercial maritime market under the FLIR and Raymarine brands. The Detection segment offers sensors, instruments, and integrated platform solutions for the detection, identification, and suppression of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threats for military force protection, homeland security, first responders, and commercial applications. The company was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Applied Energetics Company Profile

Applied Energetics, Inc. engages in the development of ultra-short pulse lasers, laser guided energy, and direct discharge electrical products for military and commercial applications worldwide. It also offers high voltage electronics, optical systems, and integrated guided energy products. The company was founded in 1990 and is based in Tucson, Arizona.

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