LCI Industries (LCII) vs. Wabash National (WNC) Head to Head Analysis

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

Dividends

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LCI Industries pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Wabash National pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. LCI Industries pays out 42.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Wabash National pays out 16.9% 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 Wabash National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LCI Industries 6.19% 23.34% 15.88%
Wabash National 6.31% 17.69% 7.47%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.2% of LCI Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of LCI Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of Wabash National shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LCI Industries and Wabash National’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 1.17 $132.88 million $5.24 19.27
Wabash National $1.77 billion 0.66 $111.42 million $1.78 11.28

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

Risk and Volatility

LCI Industries has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wabash National has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for LCI Industries and Wabash National, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LCI Industries 1 0 2 0 2.33
Wabash National 0 3 3 0 2.50

LCI Industries currently has a consensus target price of $112.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.95%. Wabash National has a consensus target price of $26.25, suggesting a potential upside of 30.73%. Given Wabash National’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Wabash National is more favorable than LCI Industries.

Summary

LCI Industries beats Wabash National on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

LCI Industries Company Profile

LCI Industries, formerly Drew Industries Incorporated, through its subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc. and its subsidiaries (LCI), supplies an array of components for the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of recreational vehicles (RVs) and adjacent industries. The Company’s segments include OEM Segment and Aftermarket Segment. The OEM Segment manufactures or distributes an array of components for the OEMs of RVs and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment and other cargo; pontoon boats; manufactured homes; modular housing, and mobile office units. The Aftermarket Segment supplies components to the related aftermarket channels of the RV and adjacent industries, primarily to retail dealers, wholesale distributors and service centers. The Aftermarket Segment also includes the sale of replacement glass and awnings to fulfill insurance claims.

Wabash National Company Profile

Wabash National Corporation manufactures and sells semi-trailers, truck bodies, specialized commercial vehicles, and liquid transportation systems. The company's Commercial Trailer Products segment provides dry van trailers; platform trailers; refrigerated trailers; converter dollies, big tire haulers, steel coil haulers, and trailers; aftermarket parts and services; and used trailers. Its Diversified Products segment offers stainless steel and aluminum liquid and dry bulk tank trailers, and other liquid transport solutions for the dairy, food and beverage, chemical, environmental, petroleum, and refined fuel industries; and parts, and maintenance and repair services for tank trailers and other related equipment. This segment also offers process vessels, and round horizontal and vertical storage silo tanks; containment and isolation systems for the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech, and nuclear industries; and mobile water storage tanks for the oil and gas industry. In addition, this segment offers aircraft refuelers, hydrant dispensers, and above-ground fuel storage tanks for the aviation end market; military grade refueling and water tankers; truck mounted tanks; and vacuum tankers, as well as composite products. The company's Final Mile Products segment provides van bodies for dry-freight transportation; cutaway van bodies for commercial applications; service bodies; insulated van bodies; stake bodies; and refrigerated and dry freight truck bodies. The company offers its products under the DuraPlate, DuraPlateHD, DuraPlate XD-35, DuraPlate AeroSkirt, ArcticLite, Transcraft, Benson, Walker Transport, Brenner Tank, Garsite, Progress Tank, Bulk Tank International, Extract Technology, Supreme, Iner-City, Spartan, and Kold King brands through independent dealer and company-owned retail networks to common carriers, leasing companies, and private fleet and package carriers. Wabash National Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana.

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