Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ:IPGP) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Maxwell Technologies and IPG Photonics Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 4 1 0 2.20
IPG Photonics Corporation 0 3 5 0 2.63

Maxwell Technologies currently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 13.84%. IPG Photonics Corporation has a consensus target price of $146.43, indicating a potential downside of 10.68%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than IPG Photonics Corporation.

Risk & Volatility

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.38, suggesting that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IPG Photonics Corporation has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and IPG Photonics Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $115.70 million 1.75 -$19.60 million ($1.19) -4.80
IPG Photonics Corporation $1.20 billion 7.31 $515.19 million $5.97 27.46

IPG Photonics Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than IPG Photonics Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and IPG Photonics Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -34.18% -30.83% -21.80%
IPG Photonics Corporation 26.84% 19.75% 17.31%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.3% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of IPG Photonics Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.2% of IPG Photonics Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

IPG Photonics Corporation beats Maxwell Technologies on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

About IPG Photonics Corporation

IPG Photonics Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of a line of fiber lasers, fiber amplifiers, diode lasers, laser systems and optical accessories that are used for various applications. The Company offers a line of lasers and amplifiers, which are used in materials processing, communications and medical applications. The Company sells its products globally to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators and end users. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, Germany and Russia. The Company offers laser-based systems for certain markets and applications. Its products are designed to be used as general-purpose energy or light sources. Its product line includes High-Power Ytterbium CW (1,000-100,000 Watts), Mid-Power Ytterbium CW (100-999 Watts), Pulsed Ytterbium (0.1 to 200 Watts), Pulsed and CW, Quasi-CW Ytterbium (100-4,500 Watts), Erbium Amplifiers and Transceivers.

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