Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) and Harman International Industries (NYSE:HAR) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Harman International Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Horizon Global Corporation does not pay a dividend. Harman International Industries pays out 27.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Horizon Global Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Horizon Global Corporation and Harman International Industries’ 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 0.54 $58.76 million ($0.67) -25.58
Harman International Industries N/A N/A N/A $5.07 21.99

Horizon Global Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Harman International Industries. Horizon Global Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Harman International Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Horizon Global Corporation and Harman International Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Horizon Global Corporation 1 2 4 0 2.43
Harman International Industries 0 6 0 0 2.00

Horizon Global Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $20.17, indicating a potential upside of 17.66%. Harman International Industries has a consensus target price of $107.25, indicating a potential downside of 3.81%. Given Horizon Global Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Horizon Global Corporation is more favorable than Harman International Industries.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.0% of Horizon Global Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.8% of Harman International Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Horizon Global Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Harman International Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Horizon Global Corporation and Harman International Industries’ 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%
Harman International Industries 5.12% 15.69% 6.40%

Risk and Volatility

Horizon Global Corporation has a beta of 1.87, meaning that its stock price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Harman International Industries has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Horizon Global Corporation beats Harman International Industries on 10 of the 14 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.

Harman International Industries Company Profile

Harman International Industries, Incorporated is engaged in the designing and engineering of connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. The Company’s segments include Connected Car, Lifestyle Audio, Professional Solutions, Connected Services and Other. The Connected Car segment designs, manufactures and markets connected car systems for vehicle applications. The Lifestyle Audio segment designs, manufactures and markets car audio systems. The Professional Solutions segment designs, manufactures and markets a range of audio, lighting, video and control, and automation solutions for entertainment and enterprise applications The Connected Services segment includes the operations of Symphony Teleca Corporation, Red Bend Ltd. and its automotive services businesses. Its brands include AKG, AMX, Crown, Infinity, JBL, Revel, Soundcraft and Studer.

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