Pioneer Power Solutions (NASDAQ: PPSI) and UQM Technologies (NYSE:UQM) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Pioneer Power Solutions and UQM Technologies, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Power Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00
UQM Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pioneer Power Solutions currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.14%. UQM Technologies has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 124.72%. Given UQM Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe UQM Technologies is more favorable than Pioneer Power Solutions.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Power Solutions -0.87% 17.48% 6.00%
UQM Technologies -158.22% -78.26% -59.36%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pioneer Power Solutions and UQM Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Power Solutions $115.09 million 0.50 $6.57 million ($0.11) -59.55
UQM Technologies $5.01 million 8.63 -$16.94 million N/A N/A

Pioneer Power Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than UQM Technologies.


Pioneer Power Solutions beats UQM Technologies on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pioneer Power Solutions

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.

About UQM Technologies

UQM Technologies, Inc., (UQM) develops, manufactures and sells electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors for the commercial truck, bus, automotive, marine, military and industrial markets. The Company’s focus is incorporating its technology as propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, delivering the heart of the electric vehicle. UQM’s principal products include propulsion motors and generators with power ratings from 50 kilowatts to 250 kilowatts, auxiliary motors and electronic controls and direct current (DC)-to-DC converters. The Company has developed two basic frame size propulsion systems: the PowerPhase Pro for passenger car, light commercial applications, light duty marine and other lighter duty applications, and the PowerPhase HD lineup of products for heavier commercial bus and truck applications and heavier duty marine and other applications.

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