Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) and Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ballard Power Systems and Bloom Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ballard Power Systems 0 3 1 0 2.25
Bloom Energy 1 4 3 0 2.25

Ballard Power Systems presently has a consensus price target of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 24.11%. Bloom Energy has a consensus price target of $24.86, indicating a potential upside of 27.80%. Given Bloom Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Bloom Energy is more favorable than Ballard Power Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Ballard Power Systems and Bloom Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ballard Power Systems -17.29% -14.64% -9.98%
Bloom Energy N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.8% of Ballard Power Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Bloom Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ballard Power Systems and Bloom Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ballard Power Systems $121.30 million 4.18 -$8.04 million ($0.03) -94.00
Bloom Energy $375.99 million 5.49 -$262.59 million N/A N/A

Ballard Power Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Bloom Energy.

Summary

Bloom Energy beats Ballard Power Systems on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ballard Power Systems Company Profile

Ballard Power Systems Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and service of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products worldwide. The company provides motive power products, including FCveloCity-9SSL and FCveloCity-1020ACS fuel cell stacks, as well as FCveloCity modules for material handling, bus, commercial vehicle, and light rail applications. It also offers stationary power products, such as FCgen-1020ACS and FCgen-H2PM fuel cell stacks for backup power system applications; and ClearGen for distributed generation system applications. In addition, the company provides unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) power products comprising FCair-600 and FCair-1200 fuel cell products for UAVs power system applications. Further, it offers portable power products, including SPM-622 and VPM-402 for power management applications; and adaptive battery chargers for portable battery charging applications. Additionally, the company provides technology solutions comprising engineering services, technology transfer, and license and sale of its intellectual property portfolio for various fuel cell applications. Ballard Power Systems Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Burnaby, Canada.

Bloom Energy Company Profile

Bloom Energy Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells solid-oxide fuel cell systems. It offers Bloom Energy Server, a stationary power generation platform that converts standard low-pressure natural gas or biogas into electricity through an electrochemical process without combustion. The company was formerly known as Ion America Corp. and changed its name to Bloom Energy Corporation in September 2006. Bloom Energy Corporation was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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