Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Allison Transmission to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Allison Transmission and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Allison Transmission 2 7 5 0 2.21
Allison Transmission Competitors 171 884 962 17 2.41

Allison Transmission currently has a consensus target price of $43.70, suggesting a potential upside of 6.66%. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies have a potential upside of 7.15%. Given Allison Transmission’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Allison Transmission has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.3% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.9% of Allison Transmission shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Allison Transmission has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allison Transmission’s peers have a beta of 1.43, suggesting that their average stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Allison Transmission and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Allison Transmission 16.34% 45.65% 8.34%
Allison Transmission Competitors 4.06% 13.41% 3.96%


Allison Transmission pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Allison Transmission pays out 26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Heavy Machinery & Vehicles” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 33.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Allison Transmission has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Allison Transmission is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Allison Transmission and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Allison Transmission $1.84 billion $214.90 million 18.13
Allison Transmission Competitors $6.06 billion $48.37 million 113.94

Allison Transmission’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Allison Transmission. Allison Transmission is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Allison Transmission peers beat Allison Transmission on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Allison Transmission

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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