JA Solar Holdings, Co. (NASDAQ: JASO) and Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.5% of JA Solar Holdings, Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Trina Solar Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares JA Solar Holdings, Co. and Trina Solar Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JA Solar Holdings, Co. N/A N/A N/A $1.61 3.89
Trina Solar Limited N/A N/A N/A $1.43 8.07

JA Solar Holdings, Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Trina Solar Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

JA Solar Holdings, Co. has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trina Solar Limited has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for JA Solar Holdings, Co. and Trina Solar Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JA Solar Holdings, Co. 1 2 0 0 1.67
Trina Solar Limited 1 3 0 0 1.75

JA Solar Holdings, Co. presently has a consensus target price of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 22.47%. Trina Solar Limited has a consensus target price of $12.05, indicating a potential upside of 4.42%. Given JA Solar Holdings, Co.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe JA Solar Holdings, Co. is more favorable than Trina Solar Limited.

Profitability

This table compares JA Solar Holdings, Co. and Trina Solar Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JA Solar Holdings, Co. 3.41% 7.73% 2.56%
Trina Solar Limited 3.48% N/A N/A

Summary

JA Solar Holdings, Co. beats Trina Solar Limited on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About JA Solar Holdings, Co.

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a holding company. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells solar power products that convert sunlight into electricity for a range of uses. The Company is engaged in manufacturing and selling solar modules, as well as silicon wafer manufacturing. The Company operates through two segments, including manufacturing and solar projects. The manufacturing segment includes design, development and manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) products. The solar projects segment includes downstream solar projects, which are involved in electricity generation. The Company’s principal products consist of both monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cells and solar modules. The Company sells its products primarily under JA Solar brand name, and also produces original equipment for manufacturers or customers. The Company is also engaged in the provision of solar product processing services and project development services.

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited is an integrated solar power products manufacturer and solar system developer based in China with a global distribution network. The Company has integrated the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its photovoltaic (PV) module production. Its PV modules provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial and other applications. It also develops, designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects that primarily use the solar modules it manufactures. It operates through two segments: manufacturing segment and the solar power projects segment. The manufacturing segment designs, develops, manufactures and sells PV modules, and integrates the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its PV module production. The solar power projects segment designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and other European and Asian countries.

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