Dorman Products (NASDAQ: DORM) and Fuel Systems Solutions (NASDAQ:FSYS) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Dorman Products has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fuel Systems Solutions has a beta of 1.98, meaning that its stock price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.1% of Dorman Products shares are held by institutional investors. 11.7% of Dorman Products shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Dorman Products and Fuel Systems Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dorman Products 0 4 0 0 2.00
Fuel Systems Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dorman Products currently has a consensus price target of $68.33, indicating a potential downside of 0.69%. Given Dorman Products’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Dorman Products is more favorable than Fuel Systems Solutions.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Dorman Products and Fuel Systems Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dorman Products $859.60 million 2.70 $106.04 million $3.31 20.79
Fuel Systems Solutions N/A N/A N/A ($2.30) -2.35

Dorman Products has higher revenue and earnings than Fuel Systems Solutions. Fuel Systems Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dorman Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Dorman Products and Fuel Systems Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dorman Products 12.53% 18.32% 15.45%
Fuel Systems Solutions -11.53% -16.93% -11.31%

Summary

Dorman Products beats Fuel Systems Solutions on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dorman Products

Dorman Products, Inc. is a supplier of replacement parts and fasteners for passenger cars, light trucks and heavy duty trucks in the automotive aftermarket. As of December 31, 2016, the Company distributed and marketed approximately 155,000 different stock keeping units (SKU’s) of automotive replacement parts and fasteners. As of December 31, 2016, approximately 83% of its products were sold under brands that it owned and the remainder of its products were sold for resale under customers’ private labels, other brands or in bulk. Its products are sold in the United States through automotive aftermarket retailers, national, regional and local warehouse distributors, and specialty markets, and salvage yards. It also distributes automotive replacement parts outside the United States, with sales primarily into Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Its parts are marketed under the OE Solutions, TECHoice, AutoGrade, Conduct-Tite, FirstStop and HD Solutions brand names.

About Fuel Systems Solutions

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. is engaged in providing alternative fuel systems for transportation, industrial and refueling applications across the world, as well as reduction technologies for the heavy duty truck and rail markets. The Company operates through two segments: FSS Industrial and FSS Automotive. The FSS Industrial segment consists of its industrial mobile and stationary, auxiliary power units (APU) and the heavy duty commercial transportation operations. The FSS Automotive segment consists of the Company’s passenger and light duty commercial transportation, automotive aftermarket and transportation infrastructure operations. Its products include gaseous fuel regulators, fuel shut-off valves, fuel metering and delivery systems, complete engine systems, auxiliary power systems and electronic controls for use in internal combustion engines. In addition to these core products, which it manufactures, the Company also designs, assembles and markets ancillary components.

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