Stoneridge (NYSE: SRI) and Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.9% of Stoneridge shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of Tenneco shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Stoneridge shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Tenneco shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Stoneridge and Tenneco, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stoneridge 0 2 0 0 2.00
Tenneco 1 5 5 0 2.36

Stoneridge presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.55%. Tenneco has a consensus target price of $67.70, suggesting a potential upside of 15.83%. Given Tenneco’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Tenneco is more favorable than Stoneridge.

Volatility and Risk

Stoneridge has a beta of 1.45, meaning that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tenneco has a beta of 1.92, meaning that its stock price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Tenneco pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Stoneridge does not pay a dividend. Tenneco pays out 30.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stoneridge and Tenneco’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stoneridge $695.98 million 0.89 $77.46 million $2.62 8.35
Tenneco $8.60 billion 0.35 $363.00 million $3.31 17.66

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

Profitability

This table compares Stoneridge and Tenneco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stoneridge 9.45% 20.37% 8.58%
Tenneco 1.97% 54.13% 7.77%

Summary

Tenneco beats Stoneridge on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stoneridge

Stoneridge, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of engineered electrical and electronic components, modules and systems for the automotive, commercial, motorcycle, off-highway and agricultural vehicle markets. The Company operates through three segments: Control Devices, Electronics and PST. The Company’s Control Devices segment designs and manufactures products that monitor, measure or activate specific functions within a vehicle and includes product lines, such as sensors, switches, valves, and actuators. The Company’s Electronics segment designs and manufactures electronic instrument clusters, electronic control units and driver information systems. The PST segment is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of in-vehicle audio and video devices, electronic vehicle security alarms, convenience accessories, vehicle tracking devices and monitoring services primarily for the automotive and motorcycle industry. It operated in 25 locations in 12 countries, as of December 31, 2016.

About Tenneco

Tenneco Inc. is a producer of clean air and ride performance products and systems for light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and other vehicle applications. The Company designs, manufactures and distributes highly engineered products for both original equipment vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) and the repair and replacement markets, or aftermarket, across the world. The Company operates through six segments: North America Clean Air; North America Ride Performance; Europe, South America and India Clean Air; Europe, South America and India Ride Performance; Asia Pacific Clean Air, and Asia Pacific Ride Performance. The Company serves both original equipment (OE) vehicle designers and manufacturers and the repair and replacement markets, or aftermarket, globally through brands, including Monroe, Rancho, Clevite Elastomers, Axios, Kinetic and Fric-Rot ride performance products and Walker, XNOx, Fonos, DynoMax and Thrush clean air products.

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