Comparing Motorcar Parts of America (MPAA) and Strattec Security (STRT)

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Motorcar Parts of America (NASDAQ:MPAA) and Strattec Security (NASDAQ:STRT) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.9% of Strattec Security shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of Motorcar Parts of America shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of Strattec Security shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Motorcar Parts of America and Strattec Security’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Motorcar Parts of America 0.20% 10.81% 5.66%
Strattec Security -2.53% 7.08% 4.26%

Dividends

Strattec Security pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Motorcar Parts of America does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Motorcar Parts of America and Strattec Security, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Motorcar Parts of America 0 2 1 0 2.33
Strattec Security 0 0 0 0 N/A

Motorcar Parts of America presently has a consensus price target of $26.50, suggesting a potential upside of 29.71%. Given Motorcar Parts of America’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Motorcar Parts of America is more favorable than Strattec Security.

Risk and Volatility

Motorcar Parts of America has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Strattec Security has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Motorcar Parts of America and Strattec Security’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Motorcar Parts of America $428.07 million 0.90 $16.31 million $1.70 12.02
Strattec Security $439.20 million 0.26 $12.28 million N/A N/A

Motorcar Parts of America has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Strattec Security.

Summary

Motorcar Parts of America beats Strattec Security on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Motorcar Parts of America Company Profile

Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. manufactures, remanufactures, and distributes heavy duty trucks, and industrial and agricultural application parts. The company offers rotating electrical products, including alternators and starters; wheel hub assemblies and bearings; brake master cylinders; and other products, such as turbochargers, brake power boosters, and diagnostic equipment. It sells its products to automotive retail chain stores and warehouse distributors, as well as various automobile manufacturers for their aftermarket programs and warranty replacement programs in North America. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Torrance, California.

Strattec Security Company Profile

Strattec Security Corporation engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of automotive access control products under the VAST brand primarily in the United States. The company offers mechanical locks and keys, electronically enhanced locks and keys, steering column and instrument panel ignition lock housings, latches, power sliding side door systems, power lift gate systems, power deck lid systems, door handles, and related products. It also provides full service and aftermarket support services for its products. The company markets its products to automotive and light truck original equipment manufacturers, as well as other transportation-related manufacturers; and through wholesale distributors, other marketers, and users of component parts, as well as certain products to non-automotive commercial customers. It also exports its products Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Korea, China, and India. Strattec Security Corporation was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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