Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWRA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Enphase Energy and SunPower’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enphase Energy -21.81% -1,232.10% -30.49%
SunPower -35.05% -47.78% -10.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Enphase Energy and SunPower, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enphase Energy 0 3 3 0 2.50
SunPower 0 0 0 0 N/A

Enphase Energy currently has a consensus price target of $2.10, suggesting a potential upside of 61.54%. Given Enphase Energy’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Enphase Energy is more favorable than SunPower.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.8% of Enphase Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.4% of Enphase Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Enphase Energy and SunPower’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enphase Energy $308.74 million 0.36 -$35.28 million ($1.05) -1.24
SunPower N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SunPower has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Enphase Energy.

Summary

Enphase Energy beats SunPower on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy, Inc. is a provider of energy management solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and selling microinverter systems for the solar photovoltaic industry. Its semiconductor-based microinverter system converts direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity. Its microinverter system consists of three components: Enphase microinverters, an Envoy gateway and Enlighten cloud-based software. Its Enphase microinverters provide power conversion at the individual solar module level by a digital architecture that incorporates custom application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), specialized power electronics devices, and an embedded software subsystem. Envoy bi-directional communications gateway provides collecting and sending data to Enlighten software. Enlighten cloud-based software provides the capabilities to remotely monitor, manage, and maintain an individual system or a fleet of systems.

About SunPower

SunPower Corporation is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Company’s segments include Residential Segment, Commercial Segment and Power Plant Segment. The Residential and Commercial Segments combined are referred to as Distributed Generation. The Company offers solar module technology and solar power systems that are designed to generate electricity over a system life over 25 years; Integrated Smart Energy software solutions that enable customers to manage and optimize the cooperation center of excellence (CCOE) measurement; Installation, construction, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring services; and financing solutions that provide customers a range of options for purchasing or leasing solar products at competitive energy rates. The Company offers a set of residential solutions that deliver value to homeowners and its dealer partners.

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