SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) and Solaredge Technologies (NASDAQ:SEDG) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for SolarCity and Solaredge Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SolarCity 0 0 0 0 N/A
Solaredge Technologies 2 2 10 0 2.57

Solaredge Technologies has a consensus price target of $34.73, indicating a potential upside of 0.51%. Given Solaredge Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Solaredge Technologies is more favorable than SolarCity.

Profitability

This table compares SolarCity and Solaredge Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SolarCity -112.36% 22.92% -10.69%
Solaredge Technologies 14.06% 22.07% 14.90%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.0% of SolarCity shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.9% of Solaredge Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 36.4% of SolarCity shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.4% of Solaredge Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SolarCity and Solaredge Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SolarCity N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -65.71
Solaredge Technologies $489.84 million 3.03 $76.61 million $1.65 20.94

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

Summary

Solaredge Technologies beats SolarCity on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SolarCity

SolarCity Corporation is a United States-based solar provider. The Company is primarily engaged in the design, manufacture, installation and sale or lease of solar energy systems to residential and commercial customers, or sale of electricity generated by solar energy systems to customers. It operates through solar energy products and services segment. It integrates the sales, engineering, manufacturing, installation, monitoring, maintenance and financing of its distributed solar energy systems. It offers its customers the option to either purchase and own solar energy systems or to purchase the energy that its solar energy systems produce through various contractual arrangements. It installs solar energy system at its customer’s premises and charge the customer a monthly fee for the power that its system produces. Its products, services and technologies include solar energy systems, customer agreements, grid control/energy storage systems, Zep Solar mounting systems and software.

About Solaredge Technologies

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. offers an inverter solution for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The Company’s products include SolarEdge Power Optimizer, SolarEdge Inverter, StorEdge Solutions and SolarEdge Monitoring Software. Its product roadmap consists of categories, including power optimizers, inverters, monitoring services, energy storage and smart energy management. The Company’s power optimizers provide module-level maximum power point (MPP) tracking and real-time adjustments of current and voltage to the optimal working point of each individual PV module. The Company’s solution consists of a direct current (DC) power optimizer, an inverter and a cloud-based monitoring platform that operates as a single integrated system.

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