Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (NASDAQ: HQCL) and Renesola (NYSE:SOL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Renesola, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 0 1 0 0 2.00
Renesola 1 1 0 0 1.50

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.17%. Renesola has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 22.95%. Given Renesola’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Renesola is more favorable than Hanwha Q CELLS Co..

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.3% of Hanwha Q CELLS Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.6% of Renesola shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Renesola’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 4.72% 24.97% 4.58%
Renesola -7.71% -81.60% -5.36%

Volatility and Risk

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a beta of 1.97, meaning that its share price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Renesola has a beta of 2.22, meaning that its share price is 122% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Renesola’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. N/A N/A N/A $1.32 5.09
Renesola $825.75 million 0.06 $41.45 million ($3.17) -0.77

Renesola has higher revenue and earnings than Hanwha Q CELLS Co.. Renesola 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.

Summary

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. beats Renesola on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hanwha Q CELLS Co.

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.

About Renesola

ReneSola Ltd is a holding company. The Company is a brand and technology provider of energy-efficient products based in China. The Company’s segments include wafer sales, cell and module sales, and solar power projects. The wafer sales segment involves the manufacture and sales of monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar wafers and processing services. The cell and module sales segment involves the manufacture and sales of solar cells and modules. The solar power projects segment involves sales of solar power projects and electricity generation revenue of certain project assets it owns and operates. The Company provides its customers with solar power products and processing services. It provides solar power products to a network of suppliers and customers, which includes manufacturers of solar cells and modules and distributors, installers and end users of solar modules. The Company manufactures solar-grade polysilicon, solar wafers, cells and modules.

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