American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings (NYSE: AXL) and Dorman Products (NASDAQ:DORM) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings and Dorman Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings 5.32% 42.42% 6.42%
Dorman Products 12.66% 18.64% 15.79%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.6% of Dorman Products shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of Dorman Products shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings and Dorman Products, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings 2 2 8 0 2.50
Dorman Products 0 3 0 0 2.00

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $19.44, indicating a potential upside of 29.54%. Dorman Products has a consensus target price of $78.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.81%. Given American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings is more favorable than Dorman Products.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings and Dorman Products’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings $4.76 billion 0.35 $815.70 million $2.95 5.09
Dorman Products $892.77 million 2.59 $197.74 million $3.28 20.71

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Dorman Products. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dorman Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorman Products has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Company Profile

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM) manufactures, engineers, designs and validates driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and chassis modules for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, crossover vehicles, passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its driveline and drivetrain systems include components that transfer power from the transmission and deliver it to the drive wheels. Its driveline, drivetrain and related products include axles, driveheads, chassis modules, driveshafts, power transfer units, transfer cases, chassis and steering components, transmission parts, electric drive systems and metal-formed products. The Company’s subsidiary, e-AAM Driveline Systems AB (e-AAM), engineers and develops battery electric and hybrid driveline systems to be commercialized for crossover vehicles and passenger cars. As of April 6, 2017, it operated in 17 countries and had approximately 90 manufacturing, engineering and business office facilities around the world.

Dorman Products Company Profile

Dorman Products, Inc. is a supplier of replacement parts and fasteners for passenger cars, light trucks and heavy duty trucks in the automotive aftermarket. As of December 31, 2016, the Company distributed and marketed approximately 155,000 different stock keeping units (SKU’s) of automotive replacement parts and fasteners. As of December 31, 2016, approximately 83% of its products were sold under brands that it owned and the remainder of its products were sold for resale under customers’ private labels, other brands or in bulk. Its products are sold in the United States through automotive aftermarket retailers, national, regional and local warehouse distributors, and specialty markets, and salvage yards. It also distributes automotive replacement parts outside the United States, with sales primarily into Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Its parts are marketed under the OE Solutions, TECHoice, AutoGrade, Conduct-Tite, FirstStop and HD Solutions brand names.

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