Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX) and Allison Transmission Holdings (NYSE:ALSN) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.4% of Terex Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Terex Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of Allison Transmission Holdings 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Terex Corporation and Allison Transmission Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Terex Corporation 3 6 6 0 2.20
Allison Transmission Holdings 2 6 4 0 2.17

Terex Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $36.15, suggesting a potential downside of 8.59%. Allison Transmission Holdings has a consensus price target of $39.63, suggesting a potential upside of 18.32%. Given Allison Transmission Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Allison Transmission Holdings is more favorable than Terex Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Terex Corporation and Allison Transmission Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Terex Corporation $4.22 billion 0.84 $152.10 million ($0.63) -62.78
Allison Transmission Holdings $1.98 billion 2.52 $707.40 million $1.78 18.81

Allison Transmission Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Terex Corporation. Terex Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Allison Transmission Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Terex Corporation and Allison Transmission Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Terex Corporation -1.76% 4.98% 1.79%
Allison Transmission Holdings 14.32% 31.27% 6.77%

Dividends

Terex Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Allison Transmission Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Terex Corporation pays out -50.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Allison Transmission Holdings pays out 33.7% 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. Terex Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Allison Transmission Holdings has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Allison Transmission Holdings is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Terex Corporation has a beta of 1.84, indicating that its share price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allison Transmission Holdings has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Allison Transmission Holdings beats Terex Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Terex Corporation

Terex Corporation is a manufacturer of lifting and material processing products and services that deliver lifecycle solutions. The Company has three business segments: Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), Cranes and Materials Processing (MP). It delivers lifecycle solutions to a range of industries, including the construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, shipping, utility, quarrying and mining industries. The AWP segment designs, manufactures, services and markets aerial work platform equipment, telehandlers and light towers. The AWP segment’s products are used by its customers to construct and maintain industrial, commercial and residential buildings and facilities, and for other commercial operations, as well as in a range of infrastructure projects. The Cranes segment’s products are used by its customers for construction and manufacturing facilities, among others. The MP segment’s products are used by its customers in construction, infrastructure and recycling projects.

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.

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