Polar Power (NASDAQ: POLA) and Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.5% of Polar Power shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Polar Power and Spectrum Brands Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polar Power 0 0 1 0 3.00
Spectrum Brands Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88

Polar Power presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 50.54%. Spectrum Brands Holdings has a consensus target price of $145.29, indicating a potential upside of 40.97%. Given Polar Power’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Polar Power is more favorable than Spectrum Brands Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Polar Power and Spectrum Brands Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polar Power N/A 19.35% 16.54%
Spectrum Brands Holdings 5.87% 17.46% 4.45%

Dividends

Spectrum Brands Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Polar Power does not pay a dividend. Spectrum Brands Holdings pays out 34.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Spectrum Brands Holdings has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Polar Power and Spectrum Brands Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Polar Power $22.14 million 2.13 $6.29 million N/A N/A
Spectrum Brands Holdings $4.94 billion 1.21 $865.80 million $4.90 21.03

Spectrum Brands Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Polar Power.

Summary

Spectrum Brands Holdings beats Polar Power on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Polar Power

Polar Power, Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and selling direct current (DC) power systems for applications primarily in the telecommunications, military, electric vehicle charging, cogeneration, distributed power and uninterruptable power supply markets. Within the telecommunications market, the Company’s DC power systems provide DC power to service applications that do not have access to the utility grid (such as off-grid applications) or have critical power needs and cannot be without power in the event of utility grid failure (such as back-up power applications). Its product offerings include DC base power systems, DC hybrid power systems and DC solar hybrid power systems. The Company’s technologies include Permanent Magnet Homopolar Hybrid (PMHH) Technology and Supra Controller Technology. Its power and control system architecture is controlled by its digital control system, Supra Controller, which contains software configured to meet specific application needs.

About Spectrum Brands Holdings

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (SB Holdings) is a diversified global consumer products company. The Company manufactures, markets and/or distributes its products in approximately 160 countries in the North America (NA); Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America (LATAM), and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. It has five segments: Global Batteries & Appliances (GBA), Global Pet Supplies (PET), Home and Garden (H&G), Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) and Global Auto Care (GAC). The Company’s GBA segment includes product categories, such as consumer batteries, small appliances and personal care. The Company’s HHI segment includes product categories, such as lockset, plumbing and hardware. The Company’s PET segment’s product categories include aquatics, companion animal and pet food. The Company’s H&G segment’s product categories include controls, household and repellents. The Company’s GAC segment’s product categories include appearance, performance and A/C recharge.

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