Motorcar Parts of America (NASDAQ: MPAA) and Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Dividends

Tenneco pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Motorcar Parts of America does not pay a dividend. Tenneco pays out 19.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Motorcar Parts of America and Tenneco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Motorcar Parts of America 8.75% 16.77% 9.31%
Tenneco 3.17% 54.06% 7.95%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.7% of Tenneco shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of Motorcar Parts of America shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Tenneco shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Motorcar Parts of America and Tenneco’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Motorcar Parts of America $430.90 million 1.17 $77.71 million $1.93 14.02
Tenneco $8.86 billion 0.35 $630.00 million $5.07 11.36

Tenneco has higher revenue and earnings than Motorcar Parts of America. Tenneco is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Motorcar Parts of America, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Motorcar Parts of America and Tenneco, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Motorcar Parts of America 0 0 3 0 3.00
Tenneco 1 4 4 0 2.33

Motorcar Parts of America presently has a consensus target price of $36.67, indicating a potential upside of 35.55%. Tenneco has a consensus target price of $66.63, indicating a potential upside of 15.73%. Given Motorcar Parts of America’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Motorcar Parts of America is more favorable than Tenneco.

Risk and Volatility

Motorcar Parts of America has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tenneco has a beta of 1.79, suggesting that its stock price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About Motorcar Parts of America

Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. is a manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts, including alternators, starters, wheel hub assembly, brake master cylinders, brake power boosters and turbochargers utilized in imported and domestic passenger vehicles, light trucks and heavy-duty applications. The Company sells its products in North America to auto parts retail and traditional warehouse chains and to automobile manufacturers for both their aftermarket programs and their warranty replacement programs (OES). It recycles materials, including metal from the used cores and corrugated packaging. The Company carries over 13,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) for automotive parts that are sold under its customers’ recognized private label brand names and its Quality-Built, Pure Energy, Xtreme, Reliance and other brand names. It sells its products to automotive retail outlets and the professional repair market throughout the United States and Canada.

About Tenneco

Tenneco Inc. is a producer of clean air and ride performance products and systems for light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and other vehicle applications. The Company designs, manufactures and distributes highly engineered products for both original equipment vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) and the repair and replacement markets, or aftermarket, across the world. The Company operates through six segments: North America Clean Air; North America Ride Performance; Europe, South America and India Clean Air; Europe, South America and India Ride Performance; Asia Pacific Clean Air, and Asia Pacific Ride Performance. The Company serves both original equipment (OE) vehicle designers and manufacturers and the repair and replacement markets, or aftermarket, globally through brands, including Monroe, Rancho, Clevite Elastomers, Axios, Kinetic and Fric-Rot ride performance products and Walker, XNOx, Fonos, DynoMax and Thrush clean air products.

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