Head to Head Analysis: Gentex (GNTX) versus Cooper Standard (CPS)

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Gentex (NASDAQ: GNTX) and Cooper Standard (NYSE:CPS) are both mid-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Gentex and Cooper Standard’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gentex 23.27% 19.05% 16.41%
Cooper Standard 4.08% 25.10% 8.06%

Dividends

Gentex pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cooper Standard does not pay a dividend. Gentex pays out 34.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gentex and Cooper Standard’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gentex $1.79 billion 3.85 $406.79 million $1.28 19.70
Cooper Standard $3.62 billion 0.69 $135.30 million $11.08 12.55

Gentex has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Cooper Standard. Cooper Standard is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gentex, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Gentex has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cooper Standard has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.3% of Gentex shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.3% of Cooper Standard shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Gentex shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Cooper Standard shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Gentex and Cooper Standard, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gentex 0 4 5 0 2.56
Cooper Standard 1 2 2 0 2.20

Gentex currently has a consensus price target of $25.67, indicating a potential upside of 1.77%. Cooper Standard has a consensus price target of $120.50, indicating a potential downside of 13.32%. Given Gentex’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Gentex is more favorable than Cooper Standard.

Summary

Gentex beats Cooper Standard on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gentex

Gentex Corporation provides automatic-dimming and non-dimming rearview mirrors, and electronics for the automotive industry; dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry; and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry worldwide. It designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automotive products, including interior and exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, and interior and exterior non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors with electronic features for automotive passenger cars, light trucks, pick-up trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans for original equipment manufacturers, tier one automotive mirror manufacturers, and various aftermarket and accessory customers. The company also provides photoelectric smoke detectors and alarms, audible and visual signaling alarms, electrochemical carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, and bells and speakers for use in fire detection systems in office buildings, hotels, and other commercial and residential establishments. Gentex Corporation sells its fire protection products directly, as well as through sales managers and manufacturer representative organizations to fire protection and security product distributors, electrical wholesale houses, and original equipment manufacturers of fire protection systems. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan.

About Cooper Standard

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., through its subsidiary, Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc., designs, manufactures, and sells sealing, fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer, and anti-vibration systems worldwide. It operates in four segments: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America. The company's sealing systems include dynamic and static seals, encapsulated glasses, stainless steel trims, flush glass systems, variable extrusions, and specialty sealing products. Its fuel and brake delivery systems comprise chassis and tank fuel lines and bundles, metallic brake lines and bundles, quick connects, direct injection and port fuel rails, and tube coatings. The company's fluid transfer systems consist of heater/coolant hoses, DPF and SCR emission lines, degas tanks, air intake and charge products, and transmission oil cooling hoses, as well as turbo charger, secondary air, and brake and clutch hoses. It also provides anti-vibration systems, such as powertrain mount systems that include multi-state vacuum switchable hydraulic engine, bi-state electric switchable hydraulic engine, conventional hydraulic, and elastomeric mounts; and chassis suspension components, which comprise conventional and hydraulic body mounts and bushings, as well as strut mounts, spring seats and bumpers, mass dampers, and dual durometer bushings. The company's products are primarily used in passenger vehicles and light trucks that are manufactured by automotive original equipment manufacturers and replacement markets. Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Novi, Michigan.

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