Analyzing Rocket Lab USA (NASDAQ:RKLB) & Redwire (NYSE:RDW)

Rocket Lab USA (NASDAQ:RKLBGet Rating) and Redwire (NYSE:RDWGet Rating) are both aerospace companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.1% of Rocket Lab USA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.9% of Redwire shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Rocket Lab USA and Redwire’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rocket Lab USA N/A -25.30% -12.94%
Redwire N/A -88.89% -21.40%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Rocket Lab USA and Redwire, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rocket Lab USA 0 1 5 0 2.83
Redwire 0 0 1 0 3.00

Rocket Lab USA presently has a consensus price target of 18.50, indicating a potential upside of 135.07%. Redwire has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 145.50%. Given Redwire’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Redwire is more favorable than Rocket Lab USA.

Risk and Volatility

Rocket Lab USA has a beta of -2.21, meaning that its share price is 321% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Redwire has a beta of 2.03, meaning that its share price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Rocket Lab USA and Redwire’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rocket Lab USA $62.24 million 58.77 -$117.32 million N/A N/A
Redwire $137.60 million 2.78 -$61.54 million N/A N/A

Redwire has higher revenue and earnings than Rocket Lab USA.

About Rocket Lab USA (Get Rating)

Rocket Lab USA, Inc., an aerospace company, focuses on developing rocket launch and control systems for the space and defense industries. The company provides launch services, spacecraft components, satellites and other spacecraft, and on-orbit management solutions; and designs, manufactures, and sells Electron and Neutron launch vehicles, as well as offers Photon platform for spacecraft solutions. It serves customers in commercial, civil, defense, and academic sectors. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Long Beach, California.

About Redwire (Get Rating)

Redwire Corporation, a space infrastructure company, develops, manufactures, and sells mission critical space solutions and components for national security, civil, and commercial markets in the United States and internationally. It offers space commercialization, digitally engineered spacecraft, and space domain awareness and resiliency technology solutions; advanced sensors and components; and on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing solutions. Redwire Corporation is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

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