EXPERIAN PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:EXPGY) and ASSA ABLOY AB/S (OTCMKTS:ASAZY) are both large-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

EXPERIAN PLC/ADR has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ASSA ABLOY AB/S has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares EXPERIAN PLC/ADR and ASSA ABLOY AB/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EXPERIAN PLC/ADR $4.66 billion 4.60 $815.00 million $0.97 24.15
ASSA ABLOY AB/S $8.92 billion 2.29 $1.01 billion $0.46 21.02

ASSA ABLOY AB/S has higher revenue and earnings than EXPERIAN PLC/ADR. ASSA ABLOY AB/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than EXPERIAN PLC/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares EXPERIAN PLC/ADR and ASSA ABLOY AB/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EXPERIAN PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A
ASSA ABLOY AB/S 4.44% 17.08% 8.50%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for EXPERIAN PLC/ADR and ASSA ABLOY AB/S, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EXPERIAN PLC/ADR 0 0 3 0 3.00
ASSA ABLOY AB/S 0 1 1 0 2.50

Dividends

EXPERIAN PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. ASSA ABLOY AB/S pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. EXPERIAN PLC/ADR pays out 59.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ASSA ABLOY AB/S pays out 30.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.3% of EXPERIAN PLC/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of ASSA ABLOY AB/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

EXPERIAN PLC/ADR Company Profile

Experian plc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an information services company. The company offers credit services, such as holding, protecting, and managing data that help businesses and organizations to lend, as well as prevent frauds. Its credit services also holds information of people and businesses that have repaid credit in the past; and provides credit reports used by various businesses, such as banks, automotive dealers, healthcare providers, and retailers. The company also provides software and analytics solutions that help clients in lending, as well as detecting and minimizing frauds, and complying with legal requirements. In addition, it offers marketing services, which include data management and analytics that enable businesses to plan, build, and deliver their marketing campaigns. Further, the company provides online financial education and debt resolution services that help people to understand and manage their financial position, while protecting themselves from fraud and identity theft. Additionally, it engages in the development of intellectual property; and provision of administrative services. Experian plc serves customers in financial service, direct-to-consumer, healthcare, retail, automotive, software and professional services, telecommunications and utility, insurance, media and technology, government and public, and other sectors in North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as rest of the Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The company was formerly known as Experian Group Limited and changed its name to Experian plc in July 2008. Experian plc was founded in 1803 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

ASSA ABLOY AB/S Company Profile

ASSA ABLOY AB (publ) provides door opening solutions in Europe, North America, South America, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. The company offers mechanical and electromechanical locks, digital door locks, cylinders, security doors, fire doors, door frames, industrial high-security fencing and gates, hardware, and fittings. It also provides secure identity solutions primarily in identity and access management, and contactless identification technology solutions under the HID Global brand to healthcare, education, financial, government, and state institutions; and electronic lock systems, safes, energy management systems, and minibars for hotels and cruise ships under the VingCard and Elsafe product brands. In addition, the company offers entrance automation products and components, such as automatic swing, sliding, and revolving doors; industrial doors; garage doors; high-performance doors; docking solutions; hangar doors; gate automation products; and components for overhead sectional doors and sensors. The company offers its products primarily under the ABLOY, ASSA, IKON, Mul-T-Lock, TESA, UNION, Vachette, Yale, Baodean, Guli, Liyi (Shenfei), Interlock, Lockwood, ASSA ABLOY, Besam, Crawford, Megadoor, and Albany brands. The company sells its products through security systems integrators, locksmiths, security installers, building and lock wholesalers, retailers, home improvement stores, hardware and security stores, OEMs, and door and window manufacturers. ASSA ABLOY AB (publ) was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

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