Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Lear Corporation designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, electrical distribution systems, and related components primarily to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide.


Trading at 47.2% below its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 7.91% per year

Risk Analysis

Has a high level of debt

Unstable dividend track record

Snowflake Analysis

Excellent balance sheet and good value.

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Share Price & News

How has Lear's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: LEA has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Auto Components


US Market

1 Year Return




US Auto Components


US Market

Return vs Industry: LEA underperformed the US Auto Components industry which returned -6.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: LEA underperformed the US Market which returned 20.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day1.6%1.2%1.5%
30 Day-12.7%-4.9%1.4%
90 Day1.5%-2.8%8.7%
1 Year-19.9%-21.8%-5.4%-6.8%22.7%20.1%
3 Year-9.0%-13.8%-7.4%-16.6%50.1%40.5%
5 Year19.7%11.3%3.0%-11.8%73.1%54.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Lear's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Lear undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: LEA ($122.76) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($232.61)

Significantly Below Fair Value: LEA is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: LEA is good value based on its PE Ratio (9.6x) compared to the Auto Components industry average (17.3x).

PE vs Market: LEA is good value based on its PE Ratio (9.6x) compared to the US market (18.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: LEA is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: LEA is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.7x) compared to the US Auto Components industry average (1.3x).

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Future Growth

How is Lear forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 17 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: LEA's forecast earnings growth (7.9% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: LEA's earnings (7.9% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.5% per year).

High Growth Earnings: LEA's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: LEA's revenue (2.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: LEA's revenue (2.3% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: LEA's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (17%).

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Past Performance

How has Lear performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: LEA has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: LEA's current net profit margins (4%) are lower than last year (5.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: LEA's earnings have grown by 7.3% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: LEA's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: LEA had negative earnings growth (-30.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Auto Components industry average (-1.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: LEA's Return on Equity (18%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Lear's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: LEA's short term assets ($6.4B) exceed its short term liabilities ($4.7B).

Long Term Liabilities: LEA's short term assets ($6.4B) exceed its long term liabilities ($3.4B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: LEA's debt to equity ratio (50.4%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: LEA's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 56.1% to 50.4% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: LEA's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (55.2%).

Interest Coverage: LEA's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (13.7x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: LEA has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: LEA's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 2.8x debt).

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What is Lear's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

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Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: LEA's dividend (2.51%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.44%).

High Dividend: LEA's dividend (2.51%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.69%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, LEA has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: LEA's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 9 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (23.4%), LEA's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: LEA's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (18.9% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Ray Scott (54yo)





Mr. Raymond E. Scott Jr., also known as Ray, serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Lear Corporation since 2019 and had been its Interim President of E-Systems since February 2019 unt ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Ray's total compensation ($USD9.94M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD6.26M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Ray's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Raymond Scott
President1.9yrsUS$9.94m0.060% $4.4m
Thomas DiDonato
Senior VP & Chief Administrative Officer1.1yrsUS$3.47m0.037% $2.8m
Jeffrey Vanneste
0.3yrsUS$4.36m0.035% $2.6m
Frank Orsini
Executive VP & President of Seating8.3yrsUS$4.16m0.052% $3.8m
Jason Cardew
Senior VP & CFO0.3yrsUS$1.52m0.0099% $736.4k
Amy Doyle
VP & Chief Accounting Officer2.8yrsno data0.00034% $25.2k
John Absmeier
Chief Technology Officer1.7yrsno datano data
Alicia Davis
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Investor Relations1.5yrsno data0.0012% $87.6k
Harry Kemp
Senior VP0.5yrsno data0.00077% $57.2k
Dave Mullin
Vice President of Sales & Marketing15.4yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: LEA's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.6 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Raymond Scott
President1.9yrsUS$9.94m0.060% $4.4m
Henry Daniel Wallace
Non-Executive Chairman9.5yrsUS$474.80kno data
Thomas Capo
Independent Director10.3yrsUS$294.97k0.00023% $17.1k
Jonathan Foster
Independent Director10.3yrsUS$655.49k0.014% $1.0m
Kathleen Ligocki
Independent Director7.4yrsUS$289.97k0.0042% $313.3k
Gregory Smith
Independent Director10.3yrsUS$274.97k0.017% $1.3m
Conrad Mallett
Independent Director17.5yrsUS$274.97kno data
Mei-Wei Cheng
Director1.1yrsno data0.00060% $44.5k
Mary Jepsen
Independent Director3.9yrsUS$274.97k0.0039% $286.5k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: LEA's board of directors are considered experienced (9.5 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Lear Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Lear Corporation
  • Ticker: LEA
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1917
  • Industry: Auto Parts and Equipment
  • Sector: Automobiles
  • Market Cap: US$7.424b
  • Shares outstanding: 60.47m
  • Website: https://www.lear.com

Number of Employees


  • Lear Corporation
  • 21557 Telegraph Road
  • Southfield
  • Michigan
  • 48033
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
LEANYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 2009
LE6NDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 2009
LEA *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNNov 2009
0JTQLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDNov 2009


Lear Corporation designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, electrical distribution systems, and related components primarily to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Seating and E-Systems. The Seating segment provides seat systems and related components, including leather and fabric products, seat trim covers, recliner mechanisms, seat tracks, seat structures and mechanisms, seat foams, and headrests primarily for automobiles and light trucks, compact cars, and sport utility vehicles, as well as thermoelectric seat heating and cooling systems. The E-Systems segment offers electrical distribution systems and components for managing power and distributing signals within the vehicle for traditional vehicle architectures, as well as high power and hybrid electric systems. This segment’s products include wiring harnesses, terminals and connectors, and junction boxes; and electronic control modules, such as body control modules, gateway modules, and lighting control modules and audio amplifiers, as well as associated software. It also provides wireless communication modules comprising passive entry, remote keyless entry, and dual range/dual function remote keyless entry systems; and cybersecurity, which securely processes various signals to, from and within the vehicle, as well road infrastructure. Lear Corporation was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/17 00:22
End of Day Share Price2020/02/14 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.