FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Power One (NASDAQ:PWER) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FuelCell Energy and Power One’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FuelCell Energy $108.25 million 1.09 -$50.95 million ($1.44) -1.17
Power One N/A N/A N/A $0.26 N/A

Power One has lower revenue, but higher earnings than FuelCell Energy. FuelCell Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Power One, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

14.6% of FuelCell Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of FuelCell Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for FuelCell Energy and Power One, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FuelCell Energy 0 4 3 0 2.43
Power One 0 0 0 0 N/A

FuelCell Energy currently has a consensus target price of $2.90, suggesting a potential upside of 71.60%.

Profitability

This table compares FuelCell Energy and Power One’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FuelCell Energy -78.60% -52.75% -16.97%
Power One N/A N/A N/A

About FuelCell Energy

Fuelcell Energy, Inc. delivers fuel cell power solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining fuel cell power solutions. The Company also provides turnkey power generation solutions to the customers, including power plant installation, operations and maintenance. The Company’s segment is fuel cell power plant production and research. The Company offers its services to various sectors, including utility companies, municipalities, universities, government entities and a range of industrial and commercial enterprises. The Company, by utilizing its Direct FuelCell (DFC) plants, is commercializing a tri-generation distributed hydrogen configuration that generates electricity, heat and hydrogen for industrial and/or transportation uses, as well as a fuel cell carbon capture solution for coal or gas-fired power plants. The Company is also developing and commercializing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) plants for sub-megawatt applications.

About Power One

Power-One, Inc. (Power-One), is a designer and manufacturer of inverters for the renewable energy industry. It makes alternating current/direct current (AC/DC) and direct current/ direct current (DC/DC) power supplies, converters, and power management products for the servers, storage, networking, network power systems and industrial markets. The Company operates in two business segments: Renewable Energy Solutions segment and Power Solutions segment. Renewable Energy Solutions offers inverters and accessories for the photovoltaic/solar and wind markets. The Power Solutions segment represents the Company’s products for AC/DC, DC/DC and digital power conversion, including power conversion products for data centers, such as servers, storage and networking, as well as telecom and industrial power conversion products. In July 2013, Power-One Inc. was acquired by ABB Ltd.

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