UQM Technologies (NYSE: UQM) and Twin Disc, (NASDAQ:TWIN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares UQM Technologies and Twin Disc,’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%
Twin Disc, -3.74% -5.15% -2.77%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.5% of Twin Disc, shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.8% of Twin Disc, shares are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares UQM Technologies and Twin Disc,’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UQM Technologies $5.01 million 7.85 -$16.94 million N/A N/A
Twin Disc, $157.24 million 1.28 -$1.80 million ($0.56) -31.20

Twin Disc, has higher revenue and earnings than UQM Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for UQM Technologies and Twin Disc,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UQM Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Twin Disc, 0 1 0 0 2.00

UQM Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 146.91%. Twin Disc, has a consensus target price of $24.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.38%. Given UQM Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe UQM Technologies is more favorable than Twin Disc,.

Summary

Twin Disc, beats UQM Technologies on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

UQM Technologies Company Profile

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.

Twin Disc, Company Profile

Twin Disc, Incorporated designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy duty off-highway power transmission equipment. The Company operates through two segments: manufacturing and distribution. Its products include marine transmissions, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems, as well as power-shift transmissions, hydraulic torque converters, power take-offs, industrial clutches and controls systems. Its industrial products include clutches and pump drives sold to the agriculture, recycling, construction, and oil and gas markets. Its land-based transmission products include applications for oilfield and natural gas, military, and airport rescue and firefighting. Its marine and propulsion systems include marine transmission, controls, surface drives, propellers and boat management systems for the commercial, pleasure craft and patrol boat markets. Its other products include non-Company manufactured product sold through Company-owned distribution entities.

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