LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) and Superior Industries International (NYSE:SUP) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Dividends

LCI Industries pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Superior Industries International pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. LCI Industries pays out 41.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Superior Industries International pays out 32.7% 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.

Profitability

This table compares LCI Industries and Superior Industries International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LCI Industries 5.96% 23.14% 15.01%
Superior Industries International 0.08% 10.40% 3.11%

Volatility and Risk

LCI Industries has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Superior Industries International has a beta of 1.25, indicating that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for LCI Industries and Superior Industries International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LCI Industries 0 1 2 0 2.67
Superior Industries International 0 1 3 0 2.75

LCI Industries currently has a consensus target price of $113.67, indicating a potential upside of 23.28%. Superior Industries International has a consensus target price of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 25.33%. Given Superior Industries International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Superior Industries International is more favorable than LCI Industries.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.8% of LCI Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of Superior Industries International shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of LCI Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of Superior Industries International shares are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LCI Industries and Superior Industries International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LCI Industries $2.15 billion 1.08 $132.88 million $5.76 15.94
Superior Industries International $1.11 billion 0.43 -$6.20 million $1.10 17.23

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

Summary

LCI Industries beats Superior Industries International on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

LCI Industries Company Profile

LCI Industries, along with its subsidiaries, manufactures and supplies components for the manufacturers of recreational vehicles (RVs) and adjacent industries in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Aftermarket. The OEM segment manufactures or distributes various components for the OEMs of RVs and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, folding camping trailers, and truck campers; trucks; pontoon boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. Its products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; backup cameras; and other accessories. The Aftermarket segment supplies various components of RV and adjacent industries to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. It also sells replacement glass and awnings to fulfill insurance claims. The company was formerly known as Drew Industries Incorporated and changed its name to LCI Industries in December 2016. LCI Industries was founded in 1962 and is based in Elkhart, Indiana.

Superior Industries International Company Profile

Superior Industries International, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells aluminum wheels to the original equipment manufacturers in North America. It supplies cast aluminum wheels to the automobile and light truck manufacturers. The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.

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