Power Solutions International (OTC: PSIX) and Flow International Corp (NASDAQ:FLOW) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Power Solutions International and Flow International Corp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Power Solutions International $365.12 million 0.27 $8.42 million N/A N/A
Flow International Corp $1.89 billion 0.74 $190.40 million N/A N/A

Flow International Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Power Solutions International.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Power Solutions International and Flow International Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Power Solutions International 0 3 1 0 2.25
Flow International Corp 1 2 4 0 2.43

Power Solutions International presently has a consensus target price of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 50.84%. Flow International Corp has a consensus target price of $38.25, indicating a potential upside of 15.63%. Given Power Solutions International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Power Solutions International is more favorable than Flow International Corp.

Profitability

This table compares Power Solutions International and Flow International Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Power Solutions International N/A N/A N/A
Flow International Corp N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.5% of Power Solutions International shares are held by institutional investors. 56.5% of Power Solutions International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Flow International Corp beats Power Solutions International on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Power Solutions International

Power Solutions International, Inc. is a producer and distributor of a range of low-emission power systems that run on non-diesel fuels, such as natural gas, propane and gasoline. The Company’s industrial power systems are used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in a range of industries with a diversified set of applications, including stationary electricity generators, oil and gas equipment, forklifts, aerial work platforms, industrial sweepers, arbor equipment, agricultural and turf equipment, aircraft ground support equipment, construction and irrigation equipment, and other industrial equipment. The Company provides alternative fuel power systems for OEMs of off-highway industrial equipment and on-road medium trucks and busses. In addition to its emission-certified power systems, the Company produces and distributes non-emission-certified power systems for industrial OEMs for particular applications in markets without emission standards.

About Flow International Corp

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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