Comparing General Motors (GM) & Its Rivals

General Motors (NYSE: GM) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Motor vehicles & car bodies” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare General Motors to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

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General Motors has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Motors’ rivals have a beta of 1.00, meaning that their average share price is 0% more volatile than the S&P 500.


General Motors pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. General Motors pays out 23.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 20.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares General Motors and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
General Motors $145.59 billion -$3.86 billion 5.71
General Motors Competitors $62.83 billion $2.64 billion 16.64

General Motors has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. General Motors is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.6% of General Motors shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of General Motors shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of shares of all “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares General Motors and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
General Motors -2.58% 22.86% 4.30%
General Motors Competitors -14.14% -0.31% -3.84%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for General Motors and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
General Motors 2 9 11 0 2.41
General Motors Competitors 441 1280 1638 110 2.41

General Motors currently has a consensus target price of $44.73, suggesting a potential upside of 18.43%. As a group, “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies have a potential upside of 6.89%. Given General Motors’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe General Motors is more favorable than its rivals.


General Motors beats its rivals on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About General Motors

General Motors Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, and sells cars, trucks, crossovers, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM International, and GM Financial segments. It markets its vehicles primarily under the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Baojun, Jiefang, and Wuling brand names. The company also sells cars, trucks, and crossovers to dealers for consumer retail sales, as well as to fleet customers, including daily rental car companies, commercial fleet customers, leasing companies, and governments. In addition, it offers connected safety, security, and mobility solutions, as well as information technology services. Further, the company provides automotive financing services. General Motors Company was founded in 1897 and is based in Detroit, Michigan.

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