Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) and LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) are both large-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, earnings and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Genuine Parts Company has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LKQ Corporation has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Genuine Parts Company and LKQ Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Genuine Parts Company $15.53 billion 0.91 $1.22 billion $4.62 20.69
LKQ Corporation $9.01 billion 1.11 $1.06 billion $1.58 20.53

Genuine Parts Company has higher revenue and earnings than LKQ Corporation. LKQ Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Genuine Parts Company, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Genuine Parts Company and LKQ Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genuine Parts Company 4.44% 21.17% 7.79%
LKQ Corporation 5.21% 16.54% 6.95%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Genuine Parts Company and LKQ Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genuine Parts Company 0 7 1 0 2.13
LKQ Corporation 0 0 7 0 3.00

Genuine Parts Company presently has a consensus target price of $100.75, indicating a potential upside of 5.38%. LKQ Corporation has a consensus target price of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.26%. Given LKQ Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe LKQ Corporation is more favorable than Genuine Parts Company.

Dividends

Genuine Parts Company pays an annual dividend of $2.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. LKQ Corporation does not pay a dividend. Genuine Parts Company pays out 58.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Genuine Parts Company has increased its dividend for 60 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.9% of Genuine Parts Company shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.7% of LKQ Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of Genuine Parts Company shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of LKQ Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Genuine Parts Company beats LKQ Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Genuine Parts Company Company Profile

Genuine Parts Company is a service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials. The Company’s segments include Automotive, Industrial, Office Products Group, Electrical/Electronic Materials and Other. The automotive segment distributes replacement parts for all makes and models of automobiles, trucks and other vehicles. The industrial segment distributes a range of industrial bearings, mechanical and fluid power transmission equipment, including hydraulic and pneumatic products, material handling components and related parts and supplies. The office products segment distributes a range of office products, computer supplies, office furniture, and business electronics. The electrical/electronic materials segment distributes a range of electrical/electronic materials, including insulating and conductive materials for use in electronic and electrical apparatus.

LKQ Corporation Company Profile

LKQ Corporation (LKQ) is a distributor of vehicle products, including replacement parts, components and systems used in the repair and maintenance of vehicles, as well as specialty vehicle products and accessories, and automotive glass products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale-North America; Europe; Specialty, and Self Service. It offers its customers a range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles. It distributes a range of products to collision and mechanical repair shops, including aftermarket collision and mechanical products, recycled collision and mechanical products, refurbished collision products, such as wheels, bumper covers and lights, and re-manufactured engines. It also has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. It is a provider of alternative vehicle collision replacement products and alternative vehicle mechanical replacement products.

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