Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) and Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a beta of 1.9, meaning that its stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Oshkosh has a beta of 1.51, meaning that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Oshkosh, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 0 5 7 0 2.58
Oshkosh 0 7 8 0 2.53

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presently has a consensus price target of $21.24, suggesting a potential upside of 15.99%. Oshkosh has a consensus price target of $90.57, suggesting a potential upside of 22.73%. Given Oshkosh’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Oshkosh is more favorable than Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Dividends

Oshkosh pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles does not pay a dividend. Oshkosh pays out 22.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Oshkosh has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Oshkosh’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles $125.31 billion 0.28 $3.95 billion $2.72 6.73
Oshkosh $6.83 billion 0.79 $285.60 million $4.25 17.36

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has higher revenue and earnings than Oshkosh. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Oshkosh, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Oshkosh’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 3.14% 19.01% 4.20%
Oshkosh 5.44% 19.19% 8.76%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.0% of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.3% of Oshkosh shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Oshkosh shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Oshkosh beats Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Company Profile

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., together with its subsidiaries, designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes, and sells vehicles, components, and production systems. The company operates through six segments: NAFTA, LATAM, APAC, EMEA, Maserati, and Components. It provides passenger cars, trucks, and light commercial vehicles under the Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Alfa Romeo, and Abarth brands; and luxury vehicles under the Maserati brand, as well as related service parts and accessories, and service contracts under the Mopar brand. The company also produces and sells lighting components, body control units, suspensions, shock absorbers, electronic systems, exhaust systems, powertrain components, engine control units, plastic molding components, and after-market products under the Magneti Marelli brand name. In addition, it offers cast iron components for engines, gearboxes, transmissions and suspension systems, aluminum cylinder heads, and engine blocks under the Teksid brand; and designs and produces industrial automation systems and related products for the automotive industry under the Comau brand name. Further, the company provides retail and dealer financings, and leasing and rental services; and factoring services. The company sells its products directly, or through distributors and dealers in approximately 140 countries. The company was formerly known as Fiat S.p.A. and changed its name to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. in October 2014. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. was founded in 1899 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

Oshkosh Company Profile

Oshkosh Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies worldwide. The company's Access Equipment segment provides aerial work platforms and telehandlers for use in various construction, industrial, institutional, and general maintenance applications. This segment also offers rental fleet loans and leases, and floor plan and retail financing through third-party funding arrangements; towing and recovery equipment; carriers and wreckers; equipment installation; and chassis and service parts sales. Its Defense segment provides severe-duty, and heavy-and medium-payload tactical trucks for the department of defense, such as hauling tanks, missile systems, ammunition, fuel, troops, and cargo for combat units and light-payload tactical vehicles. The company's Fire & Emergency segment offers custom and commercial fire apparatus; and emergency vehicles, such as pumpers, aerial platform, ladder and tiller trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, wild land rough terrain response vehicles, mobile command and control centers, bomb squad vehicles, hazardous materials control vehicles, and other emergency response vehicles. This segment also provides snow removal vehicles; broadcast and communication vehicles comprising electronic field production trailers, and satellite and electronic news gathering vehicles; and command trucks, and military simulator shelters and trailers. Its Commercial segment offers front-and rear-discharge concrete mixers, portable and stationary concrete batch plants and vehicle components, and refuse collection vehicles to concrete ready-mix and waste services industries. Oshkosh Corporation provides its products through direct sales representatives, dealers, and distributors. The company was formerly known as Oshkosh Truck Corporation and changed its name to Oshkosh Corporation in February 2008. Oshkosh Corporation was founded in 1917 and is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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