PowerSecure International (NYSE: POWR) and Pioneer Power Solutions (NASDAQ:PPSI) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for PowerSecure International and Pioneer Power Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PowerSecure International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pioneer Power Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pioneer Power Solutions has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.00%. Given Pioneer Power Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pioneer Power Solutions is more favorable than PowerSecure International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

18.8% of Pioneer Power Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 54.7% of Pioneer Power Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares PowerSecure International and Pioneer Power Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PowerSecure International -9.44% -24.74% -12.37%
Pioneer Power Solutions 0.49% 2.02% 0.68%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PowerSecure International and Pioneer Power Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PowerSecure International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pioneer Power Solutions $115.09 million 0.47 $6.57 million ($0.11) -56.82

Pioneer Power Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than PowerSecure International.

Summary

Pioneer Power Solutions beats PowerSecure International on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

PowerSecure International Company Profile

PowerSecure International, Inc. is a provider of products and services to electric utilities and to their commercial, institutional and industrial customers. The Company operates through four segments: Distributed Generation, Solar Energy, Utility Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency. Its Distributed Generation segment manufactures, installs and operates electric generation equipment on site at a facility where the power is used, including commercial, institutional and industrial operations. The Solar Energy segment is operated by its PowerSecure Solar subsidiary. Its Solar Energy systems use photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to provide utilities and their customers with environmentally friendly power to augment their power requirements. The Utility Infrastructure solutions are focused on helping electric utilities design, upgrade and maintain infrastructure that enhances the efficiency of their grid systems. It has over two primary Energy Efficiency product and service offerings.

Pioneer Power Solutions Company Profile

Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company operates through two segments: Transmission & Distribution Solutions (T&D Solutions) and Critical Power Solutions (Critical Power). The T&D Solutions segment consists of two primary product categories: electrical transformers and switchgear. These solutions are marketed principally through its Pioneer Transformers Ltd., Jefferson Electric, Inc. and Pioneer CEP brand names. Its Critical Power business provides customers with power generation equipment, paralleling switchgear, related electrical distribution infrastructure, and a data collection and monitoring platform. These solutions are marketed by its operations in Minneapolis, doing business under the Pioneer Critical Power Inc. and Titan Energy Systems Inc. brand names.

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