Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Sunrun and SunPower Corporation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunrun 0 2 4 0 2.67
SunPower Corporation 1 10 3 0 2.14

Sunrun currently has a consensus price target of $10.80, suggesting a potential upside of 101.12%. SunPower Corporation has a consensus price target of $9.11, suggesting a potential upside of 32.62%. Given Sunrun’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Sunrun is more favorable than SunPower Corporation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.0% of Sunrun shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.8% of SunPower Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.1% of Sunrun shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of SunPower Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sunrun and SunPower Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunrun $474.58 million 1.20 -$59.81 million $0.78 6.88
SunPower Corporation $2.49 billion 0.38 -$24.89 million ($3.92) -1.75

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

Risk & Volatility

Sunrun has a beta of -0.71, meaning that its stock price is 171% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunPower Corporation has a beta of 3.1, meaning that its stock price is 210% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Sunrun and SunPower Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunrun 17.65% 8.76% 2.44%
SunPower Corporation -21.84% -12.56% -2.88%


Sunrun beats SunPower Corporation on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sunrun Company Profile

Sunrun Inc. is engaged in the design, development, installation, sale, ownership and maintenance of residential solar energy systems (Projects) in the United States. The Company is engaged in providing solar energy services and products to its customers. As of December 31, 2016, it operated a fleet of residential solar energy systems in the United States, with approximately 134,000 customers across 16 states, as well as the District of Columbia. The Company sells to homeowners over the phone, in the field through canvassing and in-home sales and through retail sales channels through its strategic partners. The solar service offerings are provided through its lease and power purchase agreements. It sells solar service offerings and installs solar energy systems for homeowners through its direct-to-consumer channel. It sells solar energy systems to homeowners, as well as related products, such as solar panels, inverters, racking systems and other solar-related equipment to resellers.

SunPower Corporation Company Profile

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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