Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (NASDAQ: HQCL) and Ideal Power (NASDAQ:IPWR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitabiliy.

Risk & Volatility

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a beta of 2, meaning that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ideal Power has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.3% of Hanwha Q CELLS Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.8% of Ideal Power shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Ideal Power shares are held 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 Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Ideal Power’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 4.72% 24.97% 4.58%
Ideal Power -798.79% -95.13% -81.98%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Ideal Power’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. $2.34 billion 0.30 $273.20 million $1.32 6.45
Ideal Power $1.41 million 22.04 -$10.85 million ($1.14) -1.95

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Ideal Power. Ideal Power is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hanwha Q CELLS Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Ideal Power, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 0 1 0 0 2.00
Ideal Power 0 1 3 0 2.75

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 17.84%. Ideal Power has a consensus target price of $5.33, suggesting a potential upside of 140.24%. Given Ideal Power’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ideal Power is more favorable than Hanwha Q CELLS Co..

Summary

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. beats Ideal Power on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hanwha Q CELLS Co.

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., formerly Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., is a global solar energy company engaged in the manufacturing of solar modules, and the development and management of downstream solar farms. It manufactures a range of photo voltaic (PV) cells and PV modules at its manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia using manufacturing process technologies, including those developed at its research and development facilities in Germany. It also engages in PV downstream businesses, which include developing solar power projects and providing engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and management services. It develops and builds solar power projects incorporating its PV modules to sells them to third-party purchasers upon completion. Its principal products include PV modules, PV cells, silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It sells a range of PV modules, ranging from 250 watts to 340 watts in power output specification.

About Ideal Power

Ideal Power Inc. (Ideal Power) designs, markets and sells electrical power conversion products using its Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) technology. The Company’s PPSA is a power conversion technology that utilizes standardized hardware with application specific embedded software. It sells products to systems integrators for integration into their system, which enable end users to manage their electricity consumption by reducing demand charges or fossil fuel consumption, integrating renewable energy sources and form their own microgrid. It focuses on licensing PPSA-based product designs to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) within its target markets. Its products use multiple insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), which switch power in a direction, including direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), or AC to DC. The PPSA uses indirect power flow in which power flows through input switches, and is temporarily stored in its AC link inductor.

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