Honeywell International (NYSE: ALSN) and Allison Transmission (NYSE:ALSN) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.


This table compares Honeywell International and Allison Transmission’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Honeywell International 3.88% 31.46% 9.85%
Allison Transmission 25.46% 86.52% 13.07%


Honeywell International pays an annual dividend of $2.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Allison Transmission pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Honeywell International pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Allison Transmission pays out 22.6% 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. Honeywell International has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Honeywell International is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.6% of Honeywell International shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Honeywell International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.4% of Allison Transmission shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Honeywell International has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Allison Transmission has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Honeywell International and Allison Transmission’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Honeywell International $40.53 billion 2.92 $1.66 billion $7.11 22.43
Allison Transmission $2.26 billion 2.85 $504.00 million $2.66 18.55

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Honeywell International and Allison Transmission, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Honeywell International 0 2 14 0 2.88
Allison Transmission 3 4 6 0 2.23

Honeywell International currently has a consensus price target of $172.88, suggesting a potential upside of 8.42%. Allison Transmission has a consensus price target of $45.64, suggesting a potential downside of 7.51%. Given Honeywell International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Honeywell International is more favorable than Allison Transmission.


Honeywell International beats Allison Transmission on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Honeywell International Company Profile

Honeywell International Inc. operates as a diversified technology and manufacturing company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Aerospace; Home and Building Technologies; Performance Materials and Technologies; and Safety and Productivity Solutions. The Aerospace segment supplies products, software, and services for aircraft and vehicles that it sells to original equipment manufacturers and other customers in various markets, including air transport, regional, business and general aviation aircraft, airlines, aircraft operators, defense and space contractors, and automotive and truck manufacturers. The Home and Building Technologies segment provides products, software, solutions, and technologies that help homes owners, commercial building owners, and occupants. The Performance Materials and Technologies segment develops and manufactures advanced materials, process technologies, and automation solutions. The Safety and Productivity Solutions segment provides products, software, and connected solutions to customers that enhance productivity, workplace safety, and asset performance. Honeywell International Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Allison Transmission Company Profile

Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells commercial and defense fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. defense vehicles worldwide. It offers 13 transmission product lines with approximately 100 product models for various applications, including distribution, refuse, construction, fire, and emergency on-highway trucks; school, transit, and hybrid-transit buses; motor homes; energy, mining, and construction off-highway vehicles and equipment; and wheeled and tracked defense vehicles. The company markets its transmissions under Allison Transmission brand name; and remanufactured transmissions under ReTran brand name. It also sells branded replacement parts, support equipment, and other products necessary to service the installed base of vehicles utilizing its transmissions, as well as defense kits, engineering services, and extended transmission coverage services to various original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and the U.S. government. The company serves customers through an independent network of approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations. The company was formerly known as Clutch Holdings, Inc. Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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