Horizon Global (NYSE: HZN) and Delphi Automotive (NYSE:APTV) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Delphi Automotive pays an annual dividend of $1.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Horizon Global does not pay a dividend. Delphi Automotive pays out 29.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Horizon Global and Delphi Automotive, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Horizon Global 1 2 3 0 2.33
Delphi Automotive 1 3 14 0 2.72

Horizon Global currently has a consensus target price of $19.60, suggesting a potential upside of 49.50%. Delphi Automotive has a consensus target price of $87.65, suggesting a potential upside of 5.54%. Given Horizon Global’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Horizon Global is more favorable than Delphi Automotive.

Profitability

This table compares Horizon Global and Delphi Automotive’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Horizon Global -0.56% 16.58% 3.01%
Delphi Automotive 8.00% 57.92% 14.04%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.8% of Horizon Global shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.1% of Delphi Automotive shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Horizon Global shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Delphi Automotive shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Horizon Global and Delphi Automotive’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Horizon Global $649.20 million 0.50 -$12.36 million ($0.42) -31.21
Delphi Automotive $16.66 billion 1.33 $1.26 billion $5.13 16.19

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

Summary

Delphi Automotive beats Horizon Global on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Horizon Global 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.

Delphi Automotive Company Profile

Aptiv PLC, formerly Delphi Automotive PLC, is a global technology company serving the automotive sector. The Company designs and manufactures vehicle components, and provides electrical and electronic and active safety technology solutions to the global automotive and commercial vehicle markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical/Electronic Architecture, and Electronics & Safety. The Electrical/Electronic Architecture segment provides complete design of the vehicle’s electrical architecture, including connectors, wiring assemblies and harnesses, electrical centers and hybrid high voltage and safety distribution systems. The Electronics and Safety segment offers a range of electronic and safety equipment and software in the areas of controls, security, infotainment, communications and safety systems.

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