Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) and Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (NASDAQ:HQCL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited and Hanwha Q CELLS Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited -31.08% N/A -5.70%
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 4.72% 24.97% 4.58%

Volatility and Risk

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has a beta of 2.31, indicating that its share price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a beta of 1.97, indicating that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.8% of Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.3% of Hanwha Q CELLS Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited and Hanwha Q CELLS Co.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited $1.06 billion 0.04 $48.15 million ($18.34) -0.13
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. N/A N/A N/A $1.32 5.09

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Hanwha Q CELLS Co.. Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hanwha Q CELLS Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited and Hanwha Q CELLS Co., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited 3 0 0 0 1.00
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 0 1 0 0 2.00

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited presently has a consensus price target of $3.30, indicating a potential upside of 40.43%. Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.17%. Given Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is more favorable than Hanwha Q CELLS Co..

Summary

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. beats Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited Company Profile

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is a solar panel manufacturer. The Company’s manufacturing covers the photovoltaic value chain from ingot casting and wafering through solar cell production and solar panel assembly. The Company’s end products include photovoltaic (PV) modules and PV systems of different sizes and power outputs. The Company sells PV modules under its own brand names, Yingli and Yingli Solar, to PV system integrators and distributors located in various markets around the world, including China, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Chile, Algeria, Germany, France, South Africa, Turkey and Honduras. The Company’s products and services include the manufacture of polysilicon ingots and wafers, PV cells, PV modules and integrated PV systems, and the development and operation of solar projects. The Company produces approximately 800 kilogram multi-crystalline polysilicon ingots. The Company’s PV modules have output ranging from 250 to 340 watts.

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. Company Profile

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., formerly Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., is a global solar energy company engaged in the manufacturing of solar modules, and the development and management of downstream solar farms. It manufactures a range of photo voltaic (PV) cells and PV modules at its manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia using manufacturing process technologies, including those developed at its research and development facilities in Germany. It also engages in PV downstream businesses, which include developing solar power projects and providing engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and management services. It develops and builds solar power projects incorporating its PV modules to sells them to third-party purchasers upon completion. Its principal products include PV modules, PV cells, silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It sells a range of PV modules, ranging from 250 watts to 340 watts in power output specification.

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