Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) and Tecogen (NASDAQ:TGEN) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Trina Solar Limited and Tecogen’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trina Solar Limited N/A N/A N/A $1.43 8.07
Tecogen $28.16 million 2.60 $502,228.00 N/A N/A

Tecogen has higher revenue and earnings than Trina Solar Limited.

Risk & Volatility

Trina Solar Limited has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tecogen has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.4% of Trina Solar Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.1% of Tecogen shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.5% of Tecogen shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Trina Solar Limited and Tecogen, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trina Solar Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00
Tecogen 0 1 2 0 2.67

Tecogen has a consensus price target of $17.33, suggesting a potential upside of 485.59%. Given Tecogen’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tecogen is more favorable than Trina Solar Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Trina Solar Limited and Tecogen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trina Solar Limited 3.48% N/A N/A
Tecogen -0.13% -0.18% -0.11%

Summary

Tecogen beats Trina Solar Limited on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Trina Solar Limited Company Profile

Trina Solar Limited is an integrated solar power products manufacturer and solar system developer based in China with a global distribution network. The Company has integrated the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its photovoltaic (PV) module production. Its PV modules provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial and other applications. It also develops, designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects that primarily use the solar modules it manufactures. It operates through two segments: manufacturing segment and the solar power projects segment. The manufacturing segment designs, develops, manufactures and sells PV modules, and integrates the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its PV module production. The solar power projects segment designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and other European and Asian countries.

Tecogen Company Profile

Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells and maintains cogeneration products, including combined heat and power (CHP), air conditioning systems and water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The Company is engaged in the business of manufacturing and supporting CHP products based on engines fueled by natural gas. The Company manufactures over three types of CHP products, such as cogeneration units that supply electricity and hot water, chillers that provide air-conditioning and hot water, and water heaters. Its commercial product line includes the InVerde, InVerde e+ and TECOGEN cogeneration units; TECOCHILL chillers; Ilios high-efficiency water heaters, and Ultera emissions control technology. Its customers include hospitals and nursing homes, hotels and motels, office and retail buildings, and military installations. Its cogeneration systems and chillers use the engine, the TecoDrive 7400 model.

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