Commercial Vehicle Group (NASDAQ: CVGI) and Supreme Industries (NYSE:STS) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Commercial Vehicle Group and Supreme Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Commercial Vehicle Group 0.34% 10.65% 1.78%
Supreme Industries 2.71% 7.31% 5.53%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Commercial Vehicle Group and Supreme Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Commercial Vehicle Group $672.11 million 0.29 $43.45 million $0.07 90.00
Supreme Industries $300.79 million 1.20 $25.64 million N/A N/A

Commercial Vehicle Group has higher revenue and earnings than Supreme Industries.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Commercial Vehicle Group and Supreme Industries, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Commercial Vehicle Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Supreme Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Commercial Vehicle Group presently has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 34.92%. Given Commercial Vehicle Group’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Commercial Vehicle Group is more favorable than Supreme Industries.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.8% of Commercial Vehicle Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Commercial Vehicle Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Commercial Vehicle Group beats Supreme Industries on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Commercial Vehicle Group Company Profile

Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. is a supplier of a range of cab-related products and systems. The Company operates through two segments: the Global Truck and Bus Segment (GTB Segment) and the Global Construction and Agriculture Segment (GCA Segment). The GTB Segment manufactures and sells products, which include Seats, Trim, sleeper boxes, cab structures, structural components and body panels, and mirrors and wiper systems. The GCA Segment manufactures and sells the products, which include Electronic wire harness assemblies and Seats, Wiper systems, Office seating, and Aftermarket seats and components. It supplies products for the commercial vehicle market, including the medium-and heavy-duty truck market, the medium-and heavy-construction vehicle market, and the military, bus, agriculture, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational markets. It has manufacturing operations in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Ukraine, China, India and Australia.

Supreme Industries Company Profile

Supreme Industries, Inc. (Supreme) is a manufacturer of specialized vehicles, including truck bodies and specialty vehicles. The Company operates through two segments: specialized commercial vehicles and fiberglass products. The Company manufactures specialized commercial vehicles that are attached to a truck chassis. The Company’s truck bodies are offered in aluminum, FiberPanel PW, FiberPanel HC, or SignaturePlate. The Company’s products include Signature van bodies, Iner-City cutaway van bodies, Spartan service bodies, Spartan cargo vans, Kold King insulated van bodies, stake bodies, armored sport utility vehicles (SUVs), armored trucks and specialty vehicles, and trolleys. Its products are attached to light-duty truck chassis and medium-duty truck chassis. Supreme integrates a range of options into its truck bodies, including liftgates, cargo-handling equipment, customized doors, special bumpers, ladder racks and refrigeration equipment.

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