Nikola (NASDAQ:NKLA) and Miller Industries (NYSE:MLR) are both unclassified companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.0% of Nikola shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.5% of Miller Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 15.8% of Nikola shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Miller Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nikola and Miller Industries’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nikola N/A N/A $2.73 million N/A N/A
Miller Industries $818.17 million 0.41 $39.11 million N/A N/A

Miller Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Nikola.

Profitability

This table compares Nikola and Miller Industries’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nikola N/A 35.91% 0.75%
Miller Industries 4.50% 14.22% 8.79%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Nikola and Miller Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nikola 0 1 1 0 2.50
Miller Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nikola currently has a consensus price target of $62.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.24%. Given Nikola’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Nikola is more favorable than Miller Industries.

Volatility and Risk

Nikola has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Miller Industries has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Nikola Company Profile

Nikola Corporation operates as an integrated zero emissions transportation systems provider. It designs and manufactures battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen fueling station infrastructure. The company also develops electric vehicle solutions for military and outdoor recreational applications. Nikola Corporation was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Miller Industries Company Profile

Miller Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of towing and recovery equipment. It offers wreckers that are used to recover and tow disabled vehicles and other equipment; and car carriers, which are specialized flat-bed vehicles with hydraulic tilt mechanisms that are used to transport new or disabled vehicles and other equipment. The company also provides transport trailers for moving various vehicles for auto auctions, car dealerships, leasing companies, and other related applications. It markets its products under the Century, Vulcan, Challenger, Holmes, Champion, Chevron, Eagle, Titan, Jige, and Boniface brands. The company sells its products through independent distributors in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, South America, and Africa; and through prime contractors to governmental entities. Miller Industries, Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

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