Comparing Autoliv (ALV) and BorgWarner (BWA)

Autoliv (NYSE: ALV) and BorgWarner (NYSE:BWA) are both large-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Autoliv and BorgWarner’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autoliv $10.07 billion 1.17 $567.10 million $5.80 23.39
BorgWarner $9.07 billion 1.33 $118.50 million $1.38 41.38

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

Risk and Volatility

Autoliv has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BorgWarner has a beta of 1.77, meaning that its stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Autoliv and BorgWarner, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autoliv 4 10 8 0 2.18
BorgWarner 2 7 5 0 2.21

Autoliv presently has a consensus target price of $114.02, suggesting a potential downside of 15.96%. BorgWarner has a consensus target price of $50.64, suggesting a potential downside of 11.32%. Given BorgWarner’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BorgWarner is more favorable than Autoliv.

Profitability

This table compares Autoliv and BorgWarner’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autoliv 4.96% 13.42% 6.50%
BorgWarner 3.09% 21.48% 8.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.4% of Autoliv shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of BorgWarner shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Autoliv shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of BorgWarner shares are owned 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.

Dividends

Autoliv pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. BorgWarner pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Autoliv pays out 41.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BorgWarner pays out 49.3% 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. Autoliv has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years and BorgWarner has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years. Autoliv is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

BorgWarner beats Autoliv on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Autoliv

Autoliv, Inc. is a supplier of automotive safety systems with a range of product offerings, including passive safety systems and active safety systems. The Company operates through two segments: Passive Safety and Electronics. The Passive safety products include modules and components for passenger and driver-side airbags, side-impact airbag protection systems, seatbelts, steering wheels, inflator technologies, whiplash protection systems and child seats, and components for such systems, as well as passive safety electronic products, such as restraint electronics and crash sensors. The Active safety products include camera-based vision systems, night driving assist, automotive radars, brake controls, positioning systems, electronic control units, and other active safety systems. As of December 31, 2016, including joint venture operations, the Company had approximately 78 production facilities in 25 countries, consisting of both component factories and assembly factories.

About BorgWarner

BorgWarner Inc. is engaged in providing technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. The Company’s segments include Engine and Drivetrain. The Engine segment’s products include turbochargers, timing devices and chains, emissions systems and thermal systems. The Engine segment develops and manufactures products for gasoline and diesel engines, and alternative powertrains. The Drivetrain segment’s products include transmission components and systems, all-wheel drive (AWD) torque transfer systems and rotating electrical devices. The Company’s products are manufactured and sold across the world, primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light vehicles (passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), vans and light trucks). The Company’s products are also sold to other OEMs of commercial vehicles (medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks and buses) and off-highway vehicles (agricultural and construction machinery and marine applications.

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