Contrasting Sunworks (SUNW) & First Solar (FSLR)
First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) and Sunworks (NASDAQ:SUNW) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
60.8% of First Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of Sunworks shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of First Solar shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Sunworks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk and Volatility
First Solar has a beta of 1.94, suggesting that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunworks has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares First Solar and Sunworks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for First Solar and Sunworks, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
First Solar presently has a consensus target price of $43.70, indicating a potential downside of 8.07%. Sunworks has a consensus target price of $2.75, indicating a potential upside of 61.76%. Given Sunworks’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sunworks is more favorable than First Solar.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares First Solar and Sunworks’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|First Solar||$2.57 billion||1.93||$296.64 million||($4.84)||-9.82|
|Sunworks||$81.34 million||0.47||-$10.35 million||N/A||N/A|
First Solar has higher revenue and earnings than Sunworks.
First Solar beats Sunworks on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About First Solar
First Solar, Inc. is a provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and sells PV solar modules with a thin-film semiconductor technology. The Company also develops, designs, constructs and sells PV solar power systems that primarily use the modules it manufactures. It operates through two segments: components and systems. The components segment is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar modules, which convert sunlight into electricity. The systems segment includes the development, construction, operation and maintenance of PV solar power systems, which primarily use its solar modules. In addition, the Company provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services to system owners that use solar modules manufactured by it or by third-party manufacturers. The Company’s solar modules had an average rated power per module of approximately 114 watts, as of December 31, 2016.
Sunworks, Inc., formerly Solar3D, Inc., provides photo voltaic (PV) based power systems for the residential, commercial and agricultural markets in California and Nevada. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, designs, arranges financing, integrates, installs and manages systems ranging in size from 2 kilowatt (KW) for residential loads to multi megawatts (MW) systems for larger commercial projects. The Company’s commercial installations include office buildings, manufacturing plants, warehouses and agricultural facilities, such as farms, wineries and dairies. The Company provides a range of installation services to its solar energy customers, including design, system engineering, procurement, permitting, construction, grid connection, warranty, system monitoring and maintenance. The Company has installed over 850 systems in California and Nevada.
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