Reviewing Gentex (GNTX) & Icahn Enterprises (IEP)

Gentex (NASDAQ:GNTX) and Icahn Enterprises (NASDAQ:IEP) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Gentex and Icahn Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gentex 23.88% 23.06% 20.36%
Icahn Enterprises 10.39% -1.31% -0.56%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gentex and Icahn Enterprises’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gentex $1.83 billion 3.07 $437.88 million $1.62 13.54
Icahn Enterprises $11.78 billion 1.21 $1.51 billion N/A N/A

Icahn Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than Gentex.

Dividends

Gentex pays an annual dividend of $0.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Icahn Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $8.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. Gentex pays out 28.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gentex has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Gentex and Icahn Enterprises, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gentex 0 7 2 0 2.22
Icahn Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gentex presently has a consensus target price of $22.66, indicating a potential upside of 3.35%. Given Gentex’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gentex is more favorable than Icahn Enterprises.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.2% of Gentex shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.8% of Icahn Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Gentex shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 90.1% of Icahn Enterprises shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Gentex has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Icahn Enterprises has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Gentex Company Profile

Gentex Corporation provides digital vision, connected car, dimmable glass, and fire protection products worldwide. It designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automotive products, including interior and exterior electrochromic automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, and non-automatic-dimming rearview mirrors 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 manufactures and sells variable dimmable windows to aircraft manufacturers and airline operators. In addition, it provides photoelectric smoke detectors and alarms, electrochemical carbon monoxide detectors and alarms, audible and visual signaling 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.

Icahn Enterprises Company Profile

Icahn Enterprises L.P., through its subsidiaries, operates in investment, energy, automotive, food packaging, metals, real estate, home fashion, and mining businesses in the United States and Internationally. Its Investment segment operates various private investment funds. The company's Automotive segment is involved in the retail and wholesale distribution of automotive parts in the aftermarket, as well as offers automotive repair and maintenance services. Its Energy segment refines and markets transportation fuels; and manufactures ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate solution fertilizer products. The company's Metals segment collects, processes, and sells ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as processes and distributes steel pipe and plate products. Its Mining segment produces and sells iron ore products to the steel industry. The company's Food Packaging segment produces and sells cellulosic, fibrous, and plastic casings for the processed meat and poultry industry. Its Real Estate segment is involved in the rental of office and industrial properties; construction and sale of single-family and multi-family homes, lots in subdivisions and planned communities, and raw land for residential development; and operation of golf and club. The company's Home Fashion segment manufactures, sources, markets, distributes, and sells home fashion consumer products. Icahn Enterprises L.P. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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