UQM Technologies (NYSE: UQM) and ABB (NYSE:ABB) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares UQM Technologies and ABB’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UQM Technologies -158.22% -78.26% -59.36%
ABB 6.87% 18.62% 6.55%


ABB pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. UQM Technologies does not pay a dividend. ABB pays out 67.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ABB has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.1% of ABB shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for UQM Technologies and ABB, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UQM Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
ABB 2 6 5 0 2.23

UQM Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 127.27%. ABB has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.67%. Given UQM Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe UQM Technologies is more favorable than ABB.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares UQM Technologies and ABB’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UQM Technologies $5.01 million 8.53 -$16.94 million N/A N/A
ABB $33.56 billion 1.49 $4.26 billion $1.08 21.66

ABB has higher revenue and earnings than UQM Technologies.


ABB beats UQM Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About ABB

ABB Ltd (ABB) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation, Power Grids, and Corporate and Other. It operates through four divisions: Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation and Power Grids. It is engaged in serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure. The Electrification Products segment manufactures and sells products and services including low and medium-voltage switchgear, breakers, switches and control products. The Robotics and Motion segment manufactures and sells motors, generators, variable speed drives and robots and robotics. The Industrial Automation segment develops and sells control and plant optimization systems, and automation products and solutions. The Power Grids segment supplies power and automation products, systems, and service and software solutions.

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