Modine Manufacturing (NYSE: MOD) and Strattec Security Corporation (NASDAQ:STRT) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Modine Manufacturing and Strattec Security Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Modine Manufacturing 0 0 1 0 3.00
Strattec Security Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

Profitability

This table compares Modine Manufacturing and Strattec Security Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Modine Manufacturing 0.94% 9.27% 3.18%
Strattec Security Corporation 1.44% 3.80% 2.41%

Risk & Volatility

Modine Manufacturing has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Strattec Security Corporation has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Modine Manufacturing and Strattec Security Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Modine Manufacturing $1.50 billion 0.56 $125.70 million $0.29 58.11
Strattec Security Corporation $417.24 million 0.31 $25.64 million $1.64 22.26

Modine Manufacturing has higher revenue and earnings than Strattec Security Corporation. Strattec Security Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Modine Manufacturing, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.7% of Modine Manufacturing shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.8% of Strattec Security Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of Modine Manufacturing shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Strattec Security Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Strattec Security Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Modine Manufacturing does not pay a dividend. Strattec Security Corporation pays out 34.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Modine Manufacturing beats Strattec Security Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Modine Manufacturing

Modine Manufacturing Company provides engineered heat transfer systems and heat transfer components for use in on-highway and off-highway original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicular applications, and for sale into an array of building, industrial and refrigeration markets. The Company’s products include radiators and radiator cores, exhaust gas recirculation coolers, building heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, and coils. Its segments include Americas, Europe, Asia and Building HVAC. Its Americas segment consists of vehicular and industrial original equipment products in North America and South America, as well as aftermarket products in South America. Its Europe segment consists of vehicular and industrial original equipment products in Europe. Its Asia segment consists of vehicular and industrial original equipment products in Asia. Its Building HVAC segment consists of building heating, ventilating and air conditioning products throughout the world.

About Strattec Security Corporation

Strattec Security Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets automotive access control products. The Company offers access control products, including 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 for North American automotive customers. The Company supplies its products under the VAST brand name. The Company’s products are shipped to customer locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Korea and China, and it also provides full service and aftermarket support. The Company provides its customers with engineered access control products, including locksets, fobs, push button ignition systems, steering column lock housings, seatback and secondary power liftgate systems, power decklids, door handles, and trim and other access products.

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