Jason Industries (NASDAQ: JASN) and Power Solutions International (OTCMKTS:PSIX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Jason Industries has a beta of 0.26, suggesting that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Power Solutions International has a beta of 2.84, suggesting that its stock price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Jason Industries and Power Solutions International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jason Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Power Solutions International 0 3 1 0 2.25

Power Solutions International has a consensus target price of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 42.11%. Given Power Solutions International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Power Solutions International is more favorable than Jason Industries.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

36.1% of Jason Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of Power Solutions International shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of Jason Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 56.5% of Power Solutions International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Jason Industries and Power Solutions International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jason Industries -9.95% N/A -0.53%
Power Solutions International N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Jason Industries and Power Solutions International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jason Industries $705.52 million 0.07 -$66.87 million ($3.01) -0.66
Power Solutions International $389.45 million 0.33 $14.27 million N/A N/A

Power Solutions International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Jason Industries.

Summary

Power Solutions International beats Jason Industries on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Jason Industries

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Indiana and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 15 countries.

About Power Solutions International

Power Solutions International, Inc. is a producer and distributor of a range of low-emission power systems that run on non-diesel fuels, such as natural gas, propane and gasoline. The Company’s industrial power systems are used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in a range of industries with a diversified set of applications, including stationary electricity generators, oil and gas equipment, forklifts, aerial work platforms, industrial sweepers, arbor equipment, agricultural and turf equipment, aircraft ground support equipment, construction and irrigation equipment, and other industrial equipment. The Company provides alternative fuel power systems for OEMs of off-highway industrial equipment and on-road medium trucks and busses. In addition to its emission-certified power systems, the Company produces and distributes non-emission-certified power systems for industrial OEMs for particular applications in markets without emission standards.

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