Allison Transmission Holdings (NYSE: ALSN) and AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO) are both mid-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Allison Transmission Holdings and AGCO Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Allison Transmission Holdings||2||7||4||0||2.15|
Allison Transmission Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $39.63, indicating a potential upside of 5.33%. AGCO Corporation has a consensus target price of $68.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.16%. Given Allison Transmission Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Allison Transmission Holdings is more favorable than AGCO Corporation.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
80.7% of AGCO Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.9% of Allison Transmission Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of AGCO Corporation shares are owned 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.
Risk & Volatility
Allison Transmission Holdings has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AGCO Corporation has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Allison Transmission Holdings and AGCO Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Allison Transmission Holdings||14.32%||31.27%||6.77%|
Allison Transmission Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. AGCO Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Allison Transmission Holdings pays out 33.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AGCO Corporation pays out 24.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Allison Transmission Holdings has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and AGCO Corporation has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Allison Transmission Holdings is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Allison Transmission Holdings and AGCO Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Allison Transmission Holdings||$1.98 billion||2.83||$707.40 million||$1.78||21.13|
|AGCO Corporation||$7.65 billion||0.75||$604.20 million||$2.28||31.45|
Allison Transmission Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than AGCO Corporation. Allison Transmission Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AGCO Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Allison Transmission Holdings beats AGCO Corporation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Allison Transmission Holdings
Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries design and manufacture commercial and defense fully-automatic transmissions. The Company manufactures fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and medium-and heavy-tactical United States defense vehicles. The Company’s transmissions are used in a range of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school, transit and hybrid-transit), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). The Company’s transmissions are sold under the Allison Transmission brand name and remanufactured transmissions are sold under the ReTran brand name. The Company has developed over 100 different models that were used in more than 2,500 different vehicle configurations and were compatible with over 500 combinations of engines, as of December 31, 2016.
About AGCO Corporation
AGCO Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts. The Company sells a range of agricultural equipment, including tractors, combines, self-propelled sprayers, hay tools, forage equipment, seeding and tillage equipment, implements, and grain storage and protein production systems. The Company’s segments are North America, South America, Europe/Middle East, and Asia/Pacific/Africa. The Company’s products are marketed under various brands, including Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra. As of December 31, 2016, the Company distributed its products through over 3,000 independent dealers and distributors in more than 150 countries. In addition, the Company also provides retail and wholesale financing through its finance joint ventures with Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. (Rabobank). The Company’s AGCO Power engines division produces diesel engines, gears and generating sets.
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