TPI Composites (NASDAQ: TPIC) and Broadwind Energy (NASDAQ:BWEN) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares TPI Composites and Broadwind Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TPI Composites 1.85% 13.01% 3.11%
Broadwind Energy 3.69% 4.41% 2.54%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TPI Composites and Broadwind Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TPI Composites $770.37 million 0.80 $58.35 million $0.55 34.04
Broadwind Energy $190.14 million 0.37 $11.09 million $0.47 10.11

TPI Composites has higher revenue and earnings than Broadwind Energy. Broadwind Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TPI Composites, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.7% of TPI Composites shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of Broadwind Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 73.7% of TPI Composites shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.0% of Broadwind Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for TPI Composites and Broadwind Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TPI Composites 0 0 7 0 3.00
Broadwind Energy 0 0 2 0 3.00

TPI Composites currently has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.52%. Broadwind Energy has a consensus target price of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 57.89%. Given Broadwind Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Broadwind Energy is more favorable than TPI Composites.

Summary

TPI Composites beats Broadwind Energy on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

TPI Composites Company Profile

TPI Composites, Inc. manufactures composite wind blades. The Company operates through four segments. The United States segment includes the manufacturing of wind blades at its Newton, Iowa plant; the manufacturing of precision molding and assembly systems used for the manufacture of wind blades in its Warren, Rhode Island facility, and the manufacturing of composite solutions for the transportation industry, which it also conducts in its Rhode Island and Massachusetts facilities. The Asia segment includes the manufacturing of wind blades in facilities in Taicang Port, China and two in Dafeng, China; the manufacturing of precision molding and assembly systems in its Taicang City, China facility; the manufacturing of components in its second Taicang Port, China facility, and wind blade inspection and repair services. The Mexico segment manufactures wind blades from a facility in Juarez, Mexico. The Middle East and Africa segment manufactures wind blades from a facility in Izmir, Turkey.

Broadwind Energy Company Profile

Broadwind Energy, Inc. provides technologically advanced products and services to energy, mining and infrastructure sector customers, primarily in the United States. The Company is engaged primarily in United States wind energy industry. The Company operates through two segments: Towers and Weldments, and Gearing. The Company’s Towers and Weldments segment manufactures towers for wind turbines, specifically the large and heavier wind towers that are designed for multiple megawatt (MW) wind turbines. The Company’s Gearing segment engineers, builds and remanufactures precision gears and gearing systems for oil and gas, wind energy, mining, steel and other industrial applications. Within the United States wind energy industry, it provides products and services to wind turbine manufacturers. It also provides precision gearing and specialty weldments to a range of industrial customers for oil and gas, mining, steel and other industrial applications.

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