Adient (NYSE: ADNT) and Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM) are both mid-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Adient and Tata Motors’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Adient $16.21 billion 0.46 $877.00 million $9.47 8.51
Tata Motors $41.04 billion 0.52 $943.80 million $2.02 15.66

Tata Motors has higher revenue and earnings than Adient. Adient is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tata Motors, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Adient and Tata Motors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Adient 1 3 3 0 2.29
Tata Motors 0 2 2 0 2.50

Adient presently has a consensus price target of $76.43, suggesting a potential downside of 5.19%. Tata Motors has a consensus price target of $30.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.18%. Given Tata Motors’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Tata Motors is more favorable than Adient.


Adient pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Tata Motors does not pay a dividend. Adient pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Adient and Tata Motors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Adient 5.47% 22.48% 7.35%
Tata Motors 4.05% 14.78% 3.54%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.6% of Adient shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.9% of Tata Motors shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Adient shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Adient beats Tata Motors on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Adient

Adient plc, formerly Adient Limited, is an automotive seating supplier. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of seating systems and components for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and light trucks, including vans, pick-up trucks, and sport/crossover utility vehicles. The Company operates through two segments: Seating and Interiors. The Seating segment produces automotive seat metal structures, and mechanisms, foam, trim, fabric and complete seat systems. The Interiors segment produces instrument panels, floor consoles, door panels, overhead consoles, cockpit systems, decorative trim and other products. The Company also supplies various seating systems to the international motorsports industry through its RECARO brand of products. It operates approximately 230 manufacturing or assembly facilities, with operations in over 30 countries. Its technologies focus on offering automotive seating solutions in a range of areas, including frames, armrests and fabrics.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited is an automobile company. The Company is engaged in manufacture of motor vehicles. The Company is engaged mainly in the business of automobile products consisting of all types of commercial and passenger vehicles, including financing of the vehicles sold by the Company. The Company’s segments include automotive operations and all other operations. The Company’s automotive segment operations include all activities relating to the development, design, manufacture, assembly and sale of vehicles, including vehicle financing, as well as sale of related parts and accessories. In the automotive segment, the Company manufactures and sells passenger cars, utility vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and medium and heavy commercial vehicles. The Company’s all other operations segment mainly includes information technology (IT) services, and machine tools and factory automation services. The Company operates in over 160 countries across the world.

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