Metaldyne Performance Group (NYSE: MPG) and Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) are both auto, truck & motorcycle parts – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Metaldyne Performance Group and Delphi Automotive PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Metaldyne Performance Group 2.60% 9.80% 2.11%
Delphi Automotive PLC 8.00% 57.92% 14.04%

Dividends

Metaldyne Performance Group pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share. Delphi Automotive PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Metaldyne Performance Group pays out 26.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Delphi Automotive PLC pays out 22.6% 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. Delphi Automotive PLC is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Metaldyne Performance Group and Delphi Automotive PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Metaldyne Performance Group 0 1 0 0 2.00
Delphi Automotive PLC 1 4 13 0 2.67

Metaldyne Performance Group currently has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Delphi Automotive PLC has a consensus target price of $105.24, suggesting a potential upside of 6.62%. Given Metaldyne Performance Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Metaldyne Performance Group is more favorable than Delphi Automotive PLC.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Metaldyne Performance Group and Delphi Automotive PLC’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Metaldyne Performance Group N/A N/A N/A $1.39 N/A
Delphi Automotive PLC $16.66 billion 1.57 $1.26 billion $5.13 19.24

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

18.6% of Metaldyne Performance Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of Delphi Automotive PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of Metaldyne Performance Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Delphi Automotive PLC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Delphi Automotive PLC beats Metaldyne Performance Group on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Metaldyne Performance Group

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.

About Delphi Automotive PLC

Delphi Automotive PLC is a global technology company serving the automotive sector. The Company designs and manufactures vehicle components, and provides electrical and electronic, powertrain and active safety technology solutions to the global automotive and commercial vehicle markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Powertrain Systems, and Electronics and Safety. The Electrical/Electronic Architecture segment provides complete design of the vehicle’s electrical architecture, including connectors, wiring assemblies and harnesses, electrical centers and hybrid high voltage and safety distribution systems. The Powertrain Systems segment offers products for engine management systems (EMS). The Electronics and Safety segment offers a range of electronic and safety equipment and software in the areas of controls, security, infotainment, communications and safety systems.

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