Gentherm (NASDAQ: THRM) and Harman International Industries (NYSE:HAR) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gentherm and Harman International Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gentherm $917.60 million 1.31 $76.59 million $1.81 18.07
Harman International Industries N/A N/A N/A $5.06 22.04

Gentherm has higher revenue and earnings than Harman International Industries. Gentherm is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Harman International Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Gentherm and Harman International Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gentherm 6.89% 12.82% 7.68%
Harman International Industries 5.12% 15.69% 6.40%

Dividends

Harman International Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Gentherm does not pay a dividend. Harman International Industries pays out 27.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gentherm has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.3% of Gentherm shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.8% of Harman International Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Gentherm shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Harman International Industries shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Gentherm and Harman International Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gentherm 1 2 5 0 2.50
Harman International Industries 0 1 0 0 2.00

Gentherm presently has a consensus price target of $40.17, suggesting a potential upside of 22.83%. Given Gentherm’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Gentherm is more favorable than Harman International Industries.

Volatility and Risk

Gentherm has a beta of 1.96, suggesting that its stock price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Harman International Industries has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Gentherm beats Harman International Industries on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gentherm

Gentherm Incorporated (Gentherm) is a global technology company engaged in the design, development, and manufacturing of thermal management technologies. The Company has two segments: Automotive and Industrial. Its products provide solutions for automotive passenger comfort and convenience, battery thermal management, remote power generation, patient temperature management, environmental product testing and other consumer and industrial temperature control needs. Its automotive products can be found on the vehicles of all major automotive manufacturers operating in North America, Europe and Asia. The Automotive segment comprises the results from its global automotive businesses and individual convenience products. The Industrial segment represents the combined results from its remote power generation systems business, patient temperature management systems business, environmental testing equipment and services business, and advanced research and product development division.

About Harman International Industries

Harman International Industries, Incorporated is engaged in the designing and engineering of connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. The Company’s segments include Connected Car, Lifestyle Audio, Professional Solutions, Connected Services and Other. The Connected Car segment designs, manufactures and markets connected car systems for vehicle applications. The Lifestyle Audio segment designs, manufactures and markets car audio systems. The Professional Solutions segment designs, manufactures and markets a range of audio, lighting, video and control, and automation solutions for entertainment and enterprise applications The Connected Services segment includes the operations of Symphony Teleca Corporation, Red Bend Ltd. and its automotive services businesses. Its brands include AKG, AMX, Crown, Infinity, JBL, Revel, Soundcraft and Studer.

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