Fuel Systems Solutions (NASDAQ: FSYS) and Clean Diesel Technologies (NASDAQ:CDTI) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Fuel Systems Solutions and Clean Diesel Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fuel Systems Solutions -11.53% -16.93% -11.31%
Clean Diesel Technologies -37.69% -174.52% -57.47%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Fuel Systems Solutions and Clean Diesel Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fuel Systems Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clean Diesel Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

Clean Diesel Technologies has a consensus target price of $4.17, indicating a potential upside of 122.82%. Given Clean Diesel Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Clean Diesel Technologies is more favorable than Fuel Systems Solutions.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fuel Systems Solutions and Clean Diesel Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fuel Systems Solutions N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Clean Diesel Technologies $35.31 million 0.83 -$7.52 million ($3.21) -0.58

Fuel Systems Solutions has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Clean Diesel Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.0% of Clean Diesel Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Clean Diesel Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Clean Diesel Technologies beats Fuel Systems Solutions on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fuel Systems Solutions

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. is engaged in providing alternative fuel systems for transportation, industrial and refueling applications across the world, as well as reduction technologies for the heavy duty truck and rail markets. The Company operates through two segments: FSS Industrial and FSS Automotive. The FSS Industrial segment consists of its industrial mobile and stationary, auxiliary power units (APU) and the heavy duty commercial transportation operations. The FSS Automotive segment consists of the Company’s passenger and light duty commercial transportation, automotive aftermarket and transportation infrastructure operations. Its products include gaseous fuel regulators, fuel shut-off valves, fuel metering and delivery systems, complete engine systems, auxiliary power systems and electronic controls for use in internal combustion engines. In addition to these core products, which it manufactures, the Company also designs, assembles and markets ancillary components.

About Clean Diesel Technologies

Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. commercializes its material technology by manufacturing and distributing light duty vehicle catalysts, and heavy duty diesel emissions control systems and products to automakers, distributors, integrators and retrofitters. The Company operates through two business division segments: Catalyst, which develops and produces catalysts to reduce emissions from gasoline, diesel and natural gas combustion engines, and Heavy Duty Diesel Systems, which designs and manufactures verified exhaust emissions control solutions for a range of heavy duty diesel applications. It develops materials incorporating various base metals that replace platinum group metals (PGM) and rare earth metals in coatings on vehicle catalytic converters. Its technologies include Spinel, base-metal activated rhodium on Support, mixed phase catalyst, synergized PGM diesel oxidation catalyst (SPGM DOC), Platinum Plus, ARIS, and Exhaust Gas Recirculation and Selective Catalytic Reduction.

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