ABB (NYSE: ABB) and Hydrogenics (NASDAQ:HYGSD) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ABB and Hydrogenics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ABB 2 5 5 0 2.25
Hydrogenics 0 0 0 0 N/A

ABB currently has a consensus target price of $23.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.27%.


ABB pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Hydrogenics does not pay a dividend. ABB pays out 67.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ABB has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ABB and Hydrogenics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ABB $33.56 billion 1.54 $4.26 billion $1.08 22.48
Hydrogenics N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ABB has higher revenue and earnings than Hydrogenics.


This table compares ABB and Hydrogenics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ABB 6.87% 18.62% 6.55%
Hydrogenics -76.69% -144.08% -35.99%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.4% of ABB shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


ABB beats Hydrogenics on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ABB

ABB Ltd (ABB) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation, Power Grids, and Corporate and Other. It operates through four divisions: Electrification Products, Robotics and Motion, Industrial Automation and Power Grids. It is engaged in serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure. The Electrification Products segment manufactures and sells products and services including low and medium-voltage switchgear, breakers, switches and control products. The Robotics and Motion segment manufactures and sells motors, generators, variable speed drives and robots and robotics. The Industrial Automation segment develops and sells control and plant optimization systems, and automation products and solutions. The Power Grids segment supplies power and automation products, systems, and service and software solutions.

About Hydrogenics

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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