Shares in aerospace company Cobham (LSE: COB) have fallen by around 10% after it reported a loss for the 2015 financial year. Its bottom line swung into the red from a 24m profit in 2014 to a 40m loss in 2015 as a result of goodwill impairment, as well as charges associated with the acquisition and integration of Aeroflex.
On an underlying basis, however, Cobham continues to perform well and it recorded a rise in revenue of 11% as well as an increase in pre-tax profit of 11%. Therefore, the performance of the underlying business remains strong and in the long run this has the potential to deliver improved reported results too. As a sign of the companys confidence in its long-term potential, it raised dividends by 5% for the full year, which puts Cobham on a very appealing yield of 5.1% following todays share price fall.
With Cobham trading on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 11.9 (using underlying figures) and being expected to grow its bottom line in each of the next two years, it seems to be a good value option within the aerospace industry. Certainly, its facing restructuring challenges, but its order intake remains healthy and it could prove to be an excellent long-term performer.
Similarly, sector peer Meggitt (LSE: MGGT) also offers upbeat long-term prospects. It trades on a P/E ratio of just 12.6 and also offers growth potential over the medium term. For example, Meggitts bottom line is expected to rise by 4% this year and by a further 8% next year. This puts it on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 1.6, which indicates that it offers growth at a very reasonable price.
In addition, Meggitt remains a very sound income play. Although its earnings arent as defensive as a number of its FTSE 350 peers thatsit in other sectors (such as utilities), Meggitt has impressive dividend growth prospects. Evidence of this can be seen in its dividend coverage ratio which currently stands at a very healthy 2.1. This shows that Meggitt could increase dividend payments at a rapid rate and when combined with a yield of 3.7%, this makes it a top notch income stock.
Benefitting from US growth
Meanwhile, sector peer BAE (LSE: BA) also offers major upside potential over the long run. Like many of its industry peers, its set to benefit from the improved outlook for the US economy, with it accounting for the majority of global defence spend. Therefore, with the US economy delivering impressive GDP growth, the chances of defence cutbacks are receding and this could mean higher order volumes for BAE.
Like Meggitt and Cobham, BAE trades on a very enticing valuation. It currently has a P/E ratio of just 12.9, which indicates that theres upward rerating potential especially with investor sentiment being strong following BAEs 12% share price rise in the last six months. With its shares yielding 4.3%, they remain worthy of inclusion in an income portfolio too.
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