Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR) and MTU Aero Engines (OTCMKTS:MTUAY) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Herman Miller and MTU Aero Engines’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Herman Miller $2.28 billion 0.83 $123.90 million $2.16 14.70
MTU Aero Engines $5.69 billion 1.58 $427.47 million N/A N/A

MTU Aero Engines has higher revenue and earnings than Herman Miller.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.7% of Herman Miller shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Herman Miller shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Herman Miller has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MTU Aero Engines has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Herman Miller pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. MTU Aero Engines pays an annual dividend of $0.99 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Herman Miller pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Herman Miller and MTU Aero Engines, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Herman Miller 0 0 2 0 3.00
MTU Aero Engines 1 1 3 0 2.40

Herman Miller presently has a consensus price target of $40.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.56%. Given Herman Miller’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Herman Miller is more favorable than MTU Aero Engines.

Profitability

This table compares Herman Miller and MTU Aero Engines’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Herman Miller 5.55% 22.26% 10.21%
MTU Aero Engines 7.54% 23.09% 7.36%

Summary

MTU Aero Engines beats Herman Miller on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Herman Miller

Herman Miller, Inc. is engaged in the research, design, manufacture, sale and distribution of office furniture systems, seating products, home furnishings and related services, among others. The Company’s segments include North American Furniture Solutions, which includes the design, manufacture and sale of furniture products for work-related settings, including office, education and healthcare environments, across the United States and Canada; EMEA, Latin America, and Asia Pacific (ELA) Furniture Solutions, which includes the operations associated with the design, manufacture, and sale of furniture products, primarily for work-related settings, in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America and Asia-Pacific geographic regions, among others; Specialty segment, which includes the design, manufacture and sale of furniture products and textiles, and Consumer segment, which includes the sale of modern design furnishings and accessories to third-party retail distributors.

About MTU Aero Engines

MTU Aero Engines AG, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and supports commercial and military engines, modules, and components in Germany, Europe, North America, Asia, and internationally. It operates through two segments, Original Equipment Manufacturing Business; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Business. The company develops, manufactures, assembles, and delivers commercial engines, including long haul airliners, short- and medium-haul aircrafts, business jets, and helicopters, as well as commercial aircraft engines, such as wide body, narrow body, and regional jets; military engines, such as fighter jets, helicopters, and transporters; and industrial gas turbines. It also maintains, repairs, and overhauls military engines, aircraft engines, and industrial gas turbines, as well as provides engine modules and parts repair, and related services. In addition, the company offers customized solutions from its range of services under MTU Aero Solutions brand; designs, develops, manufactures, and markets various brush seals; and provides training programs in non-destructive testing. Further, it provides on-site, engine lease, fleet management, accessory repair, asset and material management, and customer support services; and technical support, logistic support, and facilities services, as well as accessories. The company was formerly known as MTU Aero Engines Holding AG and changed its name to MTU Aero Engines AG in May 2013. MTU Aero Engines AG was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

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