Nabtesco (OTCMKTS:NCTKF) and Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Nabtesco and Polaris Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nabtesco 0 0 0 0 N/A
Polaris Industries 0 3 8 1 2.83

Polaris Industries has a consensus price target of $110.09, suggesting a potential upside of 11.23%. Given Polaris Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Polaris Industries is more favorable than Nabtesco.

Risk & Volatility

Nabtesco has a beta of 3.36, indicating that its share price is 236% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Polaris Industries has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Nabtesco and Polaris Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nabtesco 6.77% 10.49% 5.96%
Polaris Industries 4.74% 42.27% 9.00%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.8% of Polaris Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Polaris Industries shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nabtesco and Polaris Industries’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nabtesco $2.67 billion 1.37 $191.37 million $1.54 19.16
Polaris Industries $6.08 billion 1.00 $335.25 million $6.56 15.09

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

Summary

Polaris Industries beats Nabtesco on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nabtesco Company Profile

Nabtesco Corporation manufactures and sells equipment in the industrial, daily life, and environmental fields in Japan and internationally. It operates through Component Solutions, Transport Solutions, Accessibility Solutions, and Manufacturing Solutions segments. The company offers precision reduction gears for industrial robots' joints; hydraulic equipment, such as traveling unit for crawlers, control valve for mini excavators, and swing unit for hydraulic excavators; railroad vehicle equipment, such as railroad vehicle brake systems, door operating units, test equipment, brake shoes, seat turning equipment, and snow removal devices; and aircraft equipment comprising flight control actuation systems and high voltage electric power distribution units. It also provides air dryers and wedge brake chambers for commercial vehicles, and hydraulic clutch master cylinders for passenger vehicles; engine remote control systems for vessels; automatic doors and platform doors for buildings; automatic filters/sealers for retort pouch foods; and intelligent prosthetic knee joints, electric wheelchairs, stair lift with a wheelchair, and rollator with a speed control system, as well as new energy equipment comprising yaw and pitch drives, and solar tracking equipment. Nabtesco Corporation was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Polaris Industries Company Profile

Polaris Industries Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets power sports vehicles worldwide. It operates in five segments: ORV/Snowmobiles, Motorcycles, Global Adjacent Markets, Aftermarket, and Boats. The company offers off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles; snowmobiles and snow bike conversion kit systems; motorcycles; low emission, light duty hauling, passenger, and industrial vehicles; and boats. It also produces or supplies various replacement parts and accessories comprising winches, bumper/brushguards, plows, racks, wheels and tires, pull-behinds, cab systems, lighting and audio systems, cargo box accessories, tracks, and oil for ORVs; snowmobile accessories, which comprise covers, traction products, reverse kits, electric starters, tracks, bags, windshields, oil, and lubricants; and motorcycle accessories, including e saddle bags, handlebars, backrests, exhausts, windshields, seats, oil, and various chrome accessories. In addition, the company offers recreational apparel, such as helmets, jackets, gloves, pants, hats, goggles, boots, bibs, and leathers; off-road Jeep and truck accessories; and pontoon, deck, bowrider, cruiser, and fishing boats. The company markets its products under the RZR, RANGER, GENERAL, Sportsman, Polaris ACE, RANGER CREW, RZR XP, RZR RS1, Polaris Engineered Accessories, Polaris INDY EVO, 850 Patriot, Timbersled, FTR, GEM, Goupil, Aixam and Taylor-Dunn, DAGOR, Sportsman MV, MRZR, Pro Comp, Smittybilt, Rubicon Express, Poison Spyder, Trail Master, LRG, G2 Axle & Gear, Kolpin, Pro Armor, Klim, 509, Trail Tech, Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane, Rinker, Larson, and Striper brands. It provides its products through a network of dealers and distributors, as well as through online; and aftermarket parts and accessories through 93 brick-and-mortar 4 Wheel Parts retail centers, call centers, and e-commerce sites. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Medina, Minnesota.

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