COBHAM PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:CBHMY) and SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR (OTCMKTS:SMFKY) are both mid-cap aerospace companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares COBHAM PLC/ADR and SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
COBHAM PLC/ADR $2.18 billion 1.58 $98.11 million $0.11 25.36
SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR $10.21 billion 0.77 -$762.93 million $3.33 9.93

COBHAM PLC/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR. SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than COBHAM PLC/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

COBHAM PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares COBHAM PLC/ADR and SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for COBHAM PLC/ADR and SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR 0 1 2 0 2.67

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.8% of SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. COBHAM PLC/ADR does not pay a dividend. SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR pays out 36.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


SMURFIT KAPPA G/ADR beats COBHAM PLC/ADR on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

COBHAM PLC/ADR Company Profile

Cobham plc provides a range of technologies and services to commercial, defense, aerospace, space, and security markets in the United Kingdom, the United States, other European countries, Australia, Asia, and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Communications and Connectivity, Mission Systems, Advanced Electronic Solutions, and Aviation Services. The Communications and Connectivity segment offers equipment and solutions for the aerospace, avionics, satellite, radio, wireless, antenna, and mobile connectivity markets. The Mission Systems segment provides safety and survival systems for extreme environments; nose-to-tail aerial refueling systems; and wing-tip to wing-tip mission systems for jets, transport aircraft, and rotorcraft. The Advanced Electronic Solutions segment offers critical solutions for communication on land, at sea, in the air, and in space through off-the-shelf and customized products, which include radio frequency, microwave, microelectronics, antenna subsystems, and motion control solutions. This segment serves defense, radar, electronic warfare, X-ray imaging, medical, and industrial markets. The Aviation Services segment delivers outsourced aviation services for military and commercial customers through military training, special mission flights, outsourced commercial aviation, fly-in fly-out, and aircraft engineering services. Cobham plc was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Wimborne, the United Kingdom.


Smurfit Kappa Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, distributes, and sells paper-based packaging products. It operates through two segments, Europe and the Americas. The company offers consumer, retail, industrial, e-commerce, heavy-duty corrugated, and hexacomb packaging products, as well as composite cardboard tubes, and bags and sacks; and bag-in-box, a single-use packaging system that comprises films, accessories, bags, taps, and boxes. It also provides point of sale displays; automated packing lines; various types of containerboards, such as Kraftliners, testliners, and containerboard flutings; and corrugated sheet boards, solid board sheets, folding carton sheet boards, sack Kraft papers, MG Kraft papers, preprints, printing and writing papers, pine and eucalyptus seedlings, and bleached eucalyptus Kraft pulp. In addition, the company offers recycling solutions to cardboard and paper products, as well as operates as a finance company. It primarily serves food, beverage, and household consumables sectors. Smurfit Kappa Group plc was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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