Workhorse Group (NYSE: NAV) and Navistar International (NYSE:NAV) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Workhorse Group and Navistar International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Workhorse Group $10.85 million 5.19 -$41.21 million ($1.09) -0.92
Navistar International $8.57 billion 0.50 $30.00 million $0.51 84.84

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.0% of Workhorse Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.1% of Navistar International shares are held by institutional investors. 9.4% of Workhorse Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.8% of Navistar International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Workhorse Group and Navistar International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workhorse Group -403.52% -1,564.64% -234.42%
Navistar International 1.69% -4.49% 3.39%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Workhorse Group and Navistar International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workhorse Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Navistar International 0 8 9 0 2.53

Workhorse Group presently has a consensus price target of $4.67, indicating a potential upside of 366.67%. Navistar International has a consensus price target of $45.67, indicating a potential upside of 5.54%. Given Workhorse Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Workhorse Group is more favorable than Navistar International.

Volatility and Risk

Workhorse Group has a beta of -0.27, indicating that its share price is 127% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navistar International has a beta of 2.28, indicating that its share price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Navistar International beats Workhorse Group on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group Inc. designs, manufactures, builds, sells, and leases battery-electric vehicles and aircraft in the United States. It operates through two divisions, Automotive and Aviation. The company also develops cloud-based and real-time telematics performance monitoring system that enables fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. Its products include electric cargo vans, and medium and light-duty pickup trucks, as well as HorseFly delivery drones and truck systems. The company was formerly known as AMP Holding Inc. and changed its name to Workhorse Group Inc. in April 2015. Workhorse Group Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Loveland, Ohio.

About Navistar International

Navistar International Corporation manufactures and sells commercial and military trucks, diesel engines, school and commercial buses, and service parts for trucks and diesel engines worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Truck, Parts, Global Operations, and Financial Services. It manufactures and distributes Class 4 through 8 trucks and buses in the common carrier, private carrier, government, leasing, construction, energy/petroleum, military vehicle, and student and commercial transportation markets under the International and IC brands; and designs, engineers, and produces sheet metal components, including truck cabs and engines. The company also provides customers with proprietary products needed to support the International commercial and military truck, IC bus, and engine lines, as well as other product lines; and a selection of other standard truck, trailer, and engine aftermarket parts. In addition, it designs and manufactures mid-range diesel engines, as well as provides customers with additional engine offerings in the agriculture, marine, and light truck markets; sells engines to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for various on-and-off-road applications; and offers contract manufacturing services under the MWM brand to OEMs for the assembly of their engines. Further, the company provides retail, wholesale, and lease financing of products of its trucks and parts, as well as financing for wholesale and retail accounts receivable. It markets its commercial products through an independent dealer network, as well as through distribution and service network retail outlets; and its reconditioned used trucks to owner-operators and fleet buyers through its network of used truck dealers. As of October 31, 2017, it had approximately 728 outlets in the United States and Canada, and 87 outlets in Mexico. Navistar International Corporation was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Lisle, Illinois.

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