Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) and China XD Plastics Company Limited (NASDAQ:CXDC) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Horizon Global Corporation has a beta of 1.93, indicating that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China XD Plastics Company Limited has a beta of 2.46, indicating that its share price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Horizon Global Corporation and China XD Plastics Company Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Horizon Global Corporation -1.45% 18.86% 2.76%
China XD Plastics Company Limited 7.52% 16.31% 5.16%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.1% of Horizon Global Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.4% of China XD Plastics Company Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Horizon Global Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 66.3% of China XD Plastics Company Limited shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Horizon Global Corporation and China XD Plastics Company Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Horizon Global Corporation $792.20 million 0.53 $58.76 million ($0.67) -25.03
China XD Plastics Company Limited $1.26 billion 0.18 $201.53 million $1.45 3.10

China XD Plastics Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Horizon Global Corporation. Horizon Global Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China XD Plastics Company Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Horizon Global Corporation and China XD Plastics Company Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Horizon Global Corporation 0 3 4 0 2.57
China XD Plastics Company Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

Horizon Global Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $20.17, suggesting a potential upside of 20.25%. Given Horizon Global Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Horizon Global Corporation is more favorable than China XD Plastics Company Limited.

Summary

China XD Plastics Company Limited beats Horizon Global Corporation on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Horizon Global Corporation Company Profile

Horizon Global Corporation is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of a range of custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other products serving the automotive aftermarket, retail and original equipment (OE) channels. The Company operates through three segments: Horizon Americas, Horizon Asia-Pacific, and Horizon Europe-Africa. Its towing product category includes devices and accessories installed on a tow-vehicle for the purpose of attaching a trailer and camper, among others, such as hitches and other towing accessories. Its trailering product category includes control devices and components of the trailer itself, such as brake controls and brake replacement parts. Its cargo management product category includes a range of products used to facilitate the transportation of various forms of cargo, to secure that cargo or to organize items. Its other product category includes a range of items, such as tubular push bars, side steps, and commercial brooms and brushes.

China XD Plastics Company Limited Company Profile

China XD Plastics Company Limited (China XD) is a specialty chemical company. The Company is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and sale of modified plastics for automotive applications in China and to a lesser extent, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Company operates in the modified plastics segment. Through its subsidiaries, Heilongjiang Xinda Enterprise Group Company Limited (HLJ Xinda Group) and AL Composites Materials FZE (Dubai Composites), the Company manufactures and sells polymer composite materials (including modified plastics), for automotive applications. The Company’s products categories include Modified Polypropylene (PP), Modified Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Modified Polyamide 66 (PA66), Modified Polyamide 6 (PA6), Modified Polyoxymethylenes (POM), Modified Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO), Plastic Alloy, Modified Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS), Modified Polyimide (PI), Modified Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Poly Ether Ether Ketone (PEEK).

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