Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) and LKQ (NASDAQ:LKQX) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Dividends

Genuine Parts Company pays an annual dividend of $2.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. LKQ does not pay a dividend. Genuine Parts Company pays out 58.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. LKQ has increased its dividend for 60 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.3% of Genuine Parts Company shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Genuine Parts Company shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Genuine Parts Company and LKQ’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Genuine Parts Company $15.53 billion 0.79 $1.22 billion $4.62 18.12
LKQ N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Genuine Parts Company has higher revenue and earnings than LKQ.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Genuine Parts Company and LKQ, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genuine Parts Company 1 6 1 0 2.00
LKQ 0 0 0 0 N/A

Genuine Parts Company currently has a consensus price target of $98.88, suggesting a potential upside of 18.13%. Given Genuine Parts Company’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Genuine Parts Company is more favorable than LKQ.

Profitability

This table compares Genuine Parts Company and LKQ’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genuine Parts Company 4.44% 21.17% 7.79%
LKQ 6.00% 16.02% 6.87%

Summary

Genuine Parts Company beats LKQ on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Genuine Parts Company Company Profile

Genuine Parts Company is a service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials. The Company’s segments include Automotive, Industrial, Office Products Group, Electrical/Electronic Materials and Other. The automotive segment distributes replacement parts for all makes and models of automobiles, trucks and other vehicles. The industrial segment distributes a range of industrial bearings, mechanical and fluid power transmission equipment, including hydraulic and pneumatic products, material handling components and related parts and supplies. The office products segment distributes a range of office products, computer supplies, office furniture, and business electronics. The electrical/electronic materials segment distributes a range of electrical/electronic materials, including insulating and conductive materials for use in electronic and electrical apparatus.

LKQ Company Profile

LKQ Corporation (LKQ) is a distributor of vehicle products, including replacement parts, components and systems used in the repair and maintenance of vehicles, as well as specialty vehicle products and accessories, and automotive glass products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale-North America; Europe; Specialty, and Self Service. It offers its customers a range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles. It distributes a range of products to collision and mechanical repair shops, including aftermarket collision and mechanical products, recycled collision and mechanical products, refurbished collision products, such as wheels, bumper covers and lights, and re-manufactured engines. It also has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. It is a provider of alternative vehicle collision replacement products and alternative vehicle mechanical replacement products.

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