Cooper-Standard Holdings (NYSE: CPS) and Metaldyne Performance Group (NYSE:MPG) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Cooper-Standard Holdings has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Metaldyne Performance Group has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cooper-Standard Holdings and Metaldyne Performance Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cooper-Standard Holdings $3.51 billion 0.50 $421.57 million $7.99 12.38
Metaldyne Performance Group N/A N/A N/A $1.44 15.21

Cooper-Standard Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Metaldyne Performance Group. Cooper-Standard Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Metaldyne Performance Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cooper-Standard Holdings and Metaldyne Performance Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cooper-Standard Holdings 4.27% 28.80% 8.45%
Metaldyne Performance Group 2.60% 9.80% 2.11%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Cooper-Standard Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.6% of Metaldyne Performance Group shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Cooper-Standard Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Metaldyne Performance Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Metaldyne Performance Group pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cooper-Standard Holdings does not pay a dividend. Metaldyne Performance Group pays out 25.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cooper-Standard Holdings and Metaldyne Performance Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cooper-Standard Holdings 1 1 4 0 2.50
Metaldyne Performance Group 0 3 1 0 2.25

Cooper-Standard Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $108.33, indicating a potential upside of 9.51%. Metaldyne Performance Group has a consensus price target of $18.67, indicating a potential downside of 14.76%. Given Cooper-Standard Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cooper-Standard Holdings is more favorable than Metaldyne Performance Group.

Summary

Cooper-Standard Holdings beats Metaldyne Performance Group on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cooper-Standard Holdings Company Profile

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company designs, manufactures and sells sealing, fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer and anti-vibration systems for use in passenger vehicles and light trucks manufactured by global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company operates through four segments: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. The Company’s products are used in passenger vehicles and light trucks. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s operations were conducted through 123 leased and joint venture facilities in 20 countries (North America: Canada, Mexico and the United States; Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, South Korea and Thailand; Europe: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and South America: Brazil), of which 90 are manufacturing facilities and 33 have design, engineering, administrative or logistics designations.

Metaldyne Performance Group Company Profile

Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. provides components for use in engine, transmission and driveline (Powertrain) and chassis, suspension, steering and brake component (Safety-Critical) Platforms for the global light, commercial and industrial vehicle markets. The Company produces these components using complex metal-forming manufacturing technologies and processes for a customer base of vehicle original equipment manufacturers and Tier I suppliers. The Company operates through three segments: HHI, Metaldyne and Grede. Its metal-forming manufacturing technologies and processes include Aluminum Die Casting, Forging, Iron Casting and Powder Metal Forming, as well as value-added manufacturing processes, such as Advanced Machining and Assembly. These technologies and processes are used to create a range of customized Powertrain and Safety-Critical components that address requirements for power density, power generation, power/torque transfer, strength and noise, vibration and harshness.

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