Lear (NYSE:LEA) and KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR (OTCMKTS:KNRRY) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.


Lear pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR does not pay a dividend. Lear pays out 16.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lear has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lear and KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lear $21.15 billion 0.41 $1.15 billion $18.22 7.61

Lear has higher revenue and earnings than KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.0% of Lear shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Lear shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Lear and KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lear 5.37% 27.12% 9.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Lear and KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lear 0 3 12 0 2.80

Lear presently has a consensus target price of $179.43, suggesting a potential upside of 29.33%. Given Lear’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lear is more favorable than KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR.


Lear beats KNORR-BREMSE AG/ADR on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lear

Lear Corporation designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, and electrical distribution systems and related components for automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seating and E-Systems. The Seating segment offers leather and fabric products, seat trim covers, recliner mechanisms, seat tracks and foams, seat structures and mechanisms, and headrests for automobiles and light trucks, compact cars, and sport utility vehicles; and heating and cooling systems. The E-Systems segment offers electrical distribution systems that route electrical signals and manage electrical power within the vehicle for traditional vehicle architectures, as well as high power and hybrid electric systems. This segment's products comprise wire harnesses, terminals and connectors, and junction boxes; and electronic control modules, such as body control modules, smart junction boxes, gateway and wireless control modules, lighting control modules, and audio domain controllers and amplifiers. It also provides electrification products comprising charging systems that include onboard charging modules, cord set charging equipment, and wireless charging systems; battery electronics, which comprise battery disconnect units, cell monitoring supervisory systems, and integrated total battery control modules; and other power management modules, including converter and inverter systems. In addition, this segment offers cybersecurity software; EXO advanced vehicle positioning for automated and autonomous driving applications; roadside modules that communicate real-time traffic information; and cellular protocols for vehicle connectivity, as well as Connexus connectivity products. Further, it provides wireless systems, such as passive entry, remote keyless entry, and dual range/function remote keyless entry systems. The company was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.


Knorr-Bremse Aktiengesellschaft develops, produces, markets, and services braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles worldwide. The company also provides entrance systems, HVAC systems, control components and windscreen wiper systems, platform screen doors, friction material, simulators, driver assistance systems, power supply systems, and control technology products; and torsional vibration dampers and powertrain-related solutions for diesel engines. In addition, it offers air suspension products for trailers. The company is based in Munich, Germany. Knorr-Bremse Aktiengesellschaft is a subsidiary of KB Holding GmbH.

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