UQM Technologies (NYSE: UQM) and Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HYGS) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UQM Technologies -75.36% -79.21% -48.50%
Hydrogenics Corporation -39.04% -88.76% -21.38%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
UQM Technologies $5.36 million 7.25 -$16.36 million N/A N/A
Hydrogenics Corporation $31.79 million 3.45 -$9.14 million ($0.98) -7.35

Hydrogenics Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than UQM Technologies.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

18.3% of Hydrogenics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of Hydrogenics Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for UQM Technologies and Hydrogenics Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UQM Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hydrogenics Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

UQM Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 150.00%. Hydrogenics Corporation has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 38.89%. Given UQM Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe UQM Technologies is more favorable than Hydrogenics Corporation.

Summary

Hydrogenics Corporation beats UQM Technologies on 7 of the 11 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 Hydrogenics Corporation

Hydrogenics Corp is a Canada-based firm, which designs and manufactures hydrogen generation products based on water electrolysis technology, and fuel cell products based on proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. The Company’s segments are Onsite Generation and Power Systems. The OnSite Generation segment is based in Oevel, Belgium and develops products for industrial gas, hydrogen fueling and renewable energy storage markets. The Power business segment is based in Mississauga, Canada, with a satellite facility in Gladbeck, Germany. The Company’s products include HySTAT hydrogen generation equipment and HyPM fuel cell products. It has facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Oevel-Westerlo, Belgium, and Gladbeck, Germany. It also has sales and service offices in Eastern Europe and North America. The Company has operations in Belgium, Canada and Germany with satellite offices in the United States and branch offices in Russia and Indonesia. Its products are sold around the world.

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