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Autoliv (ALV) versus Visteon Corporation (NYSE:VC) Head to Head Review

Autoliv (NYSE: ALV) and Visteon Corporation (NYSE:VC) are both mid-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and valuation. Profitability

This table compares Autoliv and Visteon Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autoliv 5.44% 13.96% 6.75%
Visteon Corporation 4.35% 27.56% 8.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Autoliv and Visteon Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autoliv 3 8 6 0 2.18
Visteon Corporation 0 4 7 0 2.64

Autoliv presently has a consensus target price of £104.09, suggesting a potential downside of 4.38%. Visteon Corporation has a consensus target price of £112.60, suggesting a potential downside of 0.26%. Given Visteon Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Visteon Corporation is more favorable than Autoliv.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.0% of Autoliv shares are owned by institutional investors.

0.3% of Autoliv shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Visteon Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends Autoliv pays an annual dividend of £2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Visteon Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Autoliv pays out 38.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Visteon Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Autoliv and Visteon Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autoliv £10.22 billion 0.93 £1.28 billion £6.32 17.22
Visteon Corporation £3.17 billion 1.11 £335.00 million £4.19 26.94

Autoliv has higher revenue and earnings than Visteon Corporation. Autoliv is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Visteon Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks. Risk & Volatility

Autoliv has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Visteon Corporation has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Summary

Visteon Corporation beats Autoliv on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks. About Autoliv Autoliv logoAutoliv, Inc. is a supplier of automotive safety systems with a range of product offerings, including passive safety systems and active safety systems.

The Company operates through two segments: Passive Safety and Electronics. The Passive safety products include modules and components for passenger and driver-side airbags, side-impact airbag protection systems, seatbelts, steering wheels, inflator technologies, whiplash protection systems and child seats, and components for such systems, as well as passive safety electronic products, such as restraint electronics and crash sensors. The Active safety products include camera-based vision systems, night driving assist, automotive radars, brake controls, positioning systems, electronic control units, and other active safety systems.

As of December 31, 2016, including joint venture operations, the Company had approximately 78 production facilities in 25 countries, consisting of both component factories and assembly factories. About Visteon Corporation Visteon Corporation logoVisteon Corporation is a global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures electronics products for original equipment vehicle manufacturer (OEM), including Ford, Mazda, Nissan/Renault, General Motors, Honda BMW and Daimler.

The Company operates through Electronics segment. The Electronics segment provides vehicle cockpit electronics products to customers, including instrument clusters, information displays, infotainment, audio systems, telematics solutions and head up displays. It designs and manufacturers vehicle cockpit electronics components, modules and systems.

It offers a range of information displays incorporating a sleek profile, craftsmanship and touch sensors, designed to deliver high performance for the automotive market.

It offers a range of audio products, including audio head units, and analog and digital radios, which deliver consumer device connectivity.

It offers an automotive-grade, integrated domain controller approach, called Smartcore.

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