Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) is one of 32 public companies in the “Electronic Component” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Maxwell Technologies to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maxwell Technologies’ peers have a beta of 1.02, indicating that their average share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $115.70 million -$19.60 million -5.29
Maxwell Technologies Competitors $895.26 million $186.21 million 10.31

Maxwell Technologies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.8% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “Electronic Component” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of shares of all “Electronic Component” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -34.18% -30.83% -21.80%
Maxwell Technologies Competitors 2.04% -1.99% 0.66%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Maxwell Technologies and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 3 2 0 2.40
Maxwell Technologies Competitors 98 350 505 6 2.44

Maxwell Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.29%. As a group, “Electronic Component” companies have a potential downside of 2.28%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Maxwell Technologies peers beat Maxwell Technologies on 11 of the 12 factors compared.

Maxwell Technologies Company Profile

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

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