Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) and Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has a beta of 2.31, suggesting that its share price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ballard Power Systems has a beta of 2.36, suggesting that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited and Ballard Power Systems’ top-line 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 $1.07 billion 0.04 $48.49 million ($18.34) -0.13
Ballard Power Systems $91.62 million 5.24 -$5.96 million ($0.10) -27.25

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.8% of Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.5% of Ballard Power Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited and Ballard Power Systems’ 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%
Ballard Power Systems -15.26% -11.55% -7.56%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited and Ballard Power Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited 3 0 0 0 1.00
Ballard Power Systems 0 1 1 0 2.50

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited currently has a consensus target price of $3.30, indicating a potential upside of 40.43%. Ballard Power Systems has a consensus target price of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 28.44%. Given Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is more favorable than Ballard Power Systems.

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.

Ballard Power Systems Company Profile

Ballard Power Systems Inc. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, sale and service of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for a range of applications, focusing on the power product markets of heavy-duty motive (consisting of bus and tram applications), portable power, material handling and backup power, as well as the delivery of technology solutions, including engineering services, technology transfer and the license and sale of its intellectual property portfolio and fundamental knowledge for a range of fuel cell applications. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided products in four product classes, such as Fuel cell stacks, Fuel cell modules, Fuel cell systems and Power management systems. The Company provides FCgen and FCveloCity fuel cell stacks to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and system integrators that use the stacks to produce fuel cell systems for power solutions.

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