Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE: SPB) and American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Spectrum Brands Holdings and American Superconductor Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spectrum Brands Holdings 5.87% 17.46% 4.45%
American Superconductor Corporation -45.60% -54.39% -32.07%

Risk & Volatility

Spectrum Brands Holdings has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Superconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Spectrum Brands Holdings and American Superconductor Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spectrum Brands Holdings 0 1 7 0 2.88
American Superconductor Corporation 0 1 5 0 2.83

Spectrum Brands Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $145.29, indicating a potential upside of 38.63%. American Superconductor Corporation has a consensus target price of $7.33, indicating a potential upside of 50.27%. Given American Superconductor Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Superconductor Corporation is more favorable than Spectrum Brands Holdings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.2% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Spectrum Brands Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Spectrum Brands Holdings and American Superconductor Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spectrum Brands Holdings $4.94 billion 1.23 $865.80 million $4.90 21.39
American Superconductor Corporation $70.77 million 1.32 -$21.56 million ($2.14) -2.28

Spectrum Brands Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than American Superconductor Corporation. American Superconductor Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Spectrum Brands Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Spectrum Brands Holdings beats American Superconductor Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About American Superconductor Corporation

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is a provider of megawatt-scale solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wind and Grid. Through the Company’s Windtec Solutions brand, the Wind business segment enables manufacturers to field wind turbines. Through the Company’s Gridtec Solutions, the Grid business segment enables electric utilities and renewable energy project developers to connect, transmit and distribute power. AMSC supplies power electronics and control systems, licenses its engineered wind turbine designs and provides customer support services to wind turbine manufacturers. The Company provides a range of power electronics and software-based control systems. AMSC provides transmission planning services that enable it to identify power grid congestion and other risks. The Company also sells grid interconnection solutions for wind farms and solar power plants, power quality systems, and transmission and distribution cable systems.

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