Power Solutions International (OTCMKTS: PSIX) and Aixtron (OTCMKTS:AIXNY) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Power Solutions International N/A N/A N/A
Aixtron -18.84% -13.14% -10.84%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Power Solutions International $389.45 million 0.27 $14.27 million N/A N/A
Aixtron N/A N/A N/A ($0.22) -30.18

Power Solutions International has higher revenue and earnings than Aixtron.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.8% of Power Solutions International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Aixtron shares are held by institutional investors. 56.5% of Power Solutions International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Power Solutions International and Aixtron, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Power Solutions International 0 3 1 0 2.25
Aixtron 2 0 1 0 1.67

Power Solutions International currently has a consensus price target of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 77.40%. Given Power Solutions International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Power Solutions International is more favorable than Aixtron.

Volatility and Risk

Power Solutions International has a beta of 2.78, indicating that its share price is 178% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aixtron has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Power Solutions International beats Aixtron on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Aixtron

AIXTRON SE is a provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company’s technology solutions are used by a range of customers across the world to build components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound, silicon or organic semiconductor materials. Such components are used in fiber optic communication systems, wireless and mobile telephony applications, optical and electronic storage devices, computing, signaling and lighting, displays, as well as a range of other technologies. The Company’s business activities include developing, producing and installing equipment for the deposition of semiconductor and other complex materials, process engineering, consulting and training, including ongoing customer support and after-sales service. The Company supplies its customers with both production-scale material deposition systems and small scale systems for research and development (R&D) or small scale production.

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