Head-To-Head Review: RocketLab (NASDAQ:RKLB) & Kaman (NYSE:KAMN)

RocketLab (NASDAQ:RKLB) and Kaman (NYSE:KAMN) are both small-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for RocketLab and Kaman, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RocketLab 0 1 1 0 2.50
Kaman 0 0 1 0 3.00

RocketLab currently has a consensus target price of 24.00, indicating a potential upside of 52.09%. Kaman has a consensus target price of $59.00, indicating a potential upside of 66.67%. Given Kaman’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kaman is more favorable than RocketLab.


This table compares RocketLab and Kaman’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RocketLab N/A N/A N/A
Kaman -6.65% 7.13% 4.21%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.5% of RocketLab shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.6% of Kaman shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Kaman shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares RocketLab and Kaman’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RocketLab N/A N/A -$12.34 million N/A N/A
Kaman $784.46 million 1.26 -$69.74 million $2.11 16.78

RocketLab has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Kaman.


Kaman beats RocketLab on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

RocketLab Company Profile

Rocket Lab and Vector entered into a definitive merger agreement.

Kaman Company Profile

Kaman Corp. engages in the design, manufacture and distribution of aircrafts, aircraft parts and components. It produces and markets proprietary aircraft bearings and components; super precision, miniature ball bearings; proprietary spring energized seals, springs and contacts; complex metallic and composite aero structures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; and safe and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries. The company was founded by Charles H. Kaman in 1945 and is headquartered in Bloomfield, CT.

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