Contrasting Standard Motor Products (SMP) & Its Competitors

Standard Motor Products (NYSE: SMP) is one of 45 publicly-traded companies in the “Motor vehicle parts & accessories” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Standard Motor Products to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.5% of Standard Motor Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.4% of shares of all “Motor vehicle parts & accessories” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.6% of Standard Motor Products shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of shares of all “Motor vehicle parts & accessories” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.



Risk and Volatility

Standard Motor Products has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Standard Motor Products’ competitors have a beta of 1.35, indicating that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Standard Motor Products and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standard Motor Products 3.40% 14.15% 7.95%
Standard Motor Products Competitors 2.26% 23.13% 5.82%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Standard Motor Products and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Standard Motor Products $1.12 billion $37.97 million 17.11
Standard Motor Products Competitors $7.89 billion $494.31 million 13.29

Standard Motor Products’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Standard Motor Products. Standard Motor Products is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Standard Motor Products pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Standard Motor Products pays out 29.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Motor vehicle parts & accessories” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 21.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Standard Motor Products has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Standard Motor Products and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standard Motor Products 0 2 1 0 2.33
Standard Motor Products Competitors 254 1254 1821 81 2.51

Standard Motor Products currently has a consensus target price of $54.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.50%. As a group, “Motor vehicle parts & accessories” companies have a potential upside of 9.30%. Given Standard Motor Products’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Standard Motor Products is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Standard Motor Products competitors beat Standard Motor Products on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Standard Motor Products

Standard Motor Products, Inc. manufactures and distributes replacement parts for motor vehicles in the automotive aftermarket industry. Its Engine Management segment manufactures and distributes engine management replacement parts, including electronic ignition control modules, fuel injectors, remanufactured diesel injectors and pumps, ignition wires, coils, switches, relays, EGR valves, distributor caps and rotors, various sensors primarily measuring temperature, vehicle systems, electronic throttle bodies, and other engine management components primarily under the Standard, Blue Streak, BWD, Select, Intermotor, OEM, LockSmart, TechSmart, Tech Expert, and GP Sorensen brands. The company's Temperature Control segment manufacture, remanufacture, and distribute replacement parts for automotive temperature control systems, engine cooling systems, power window accessories, and windshield washer systems, primarily under the Four Seasons, EVERCO, ACi, and Hayden brands. This segment provides new and remanufactured compressors, clutch assemblies, blower and radiator fan motors, filter dryers, evaporators, accumulators, hose assemblies, thermal expansion devices, heater valves, heater cores, AC service tools and chemicals, fan assemblies, fan clutches, oil coolers, window lift motors, window regulators and assemblies, and windshield washer pumps. The company sells its products primarily to large retail chains, warehouse distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and original equipment service part operations in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Standard Motor Products, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Long Island City, New York.

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