Pioneer Power Solutions (NASDAQ: PPSI) and UQM Technologies (NYSE:UQM) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Pioneer Power Solutions and UQM Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Power Solutions 0.09% 21.53% 7.39%
UQM Technologies -75.36% -79.21% -48.50%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pioneer Power Solutions and UQM Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Power Solutions $116.06 million 0.46 $6.56 million $0.02 305.00
UQM Technologies $5.36 million 6.89 -$16.36 million N/A N/A

Pioneer Power Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than UQM Technologies.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pioneer Power Solutions and UQM Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Power Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00
UQM Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pioneer Power Solutions presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.15%. UQM Technologies has a consensus price target of $2.00, suggesting a potential upside of 163.16%. Given UQM Technologies’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe UQM Technologies is more favorable than Pioneer Power Solutions.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

18.9% of Pioneer Power Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 54.7% of Pioneer Power Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Pioneer Power Solutions beats UQM Technologies on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pioneer Power Solutions Company Profile

Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company operates through two segments: Transmission & Distribution Solutions (T&D Solutions) and Critical Power Solutions (Critical Power). The T&D Solutions segment consists of two primary product categories: electrical transformers and switchgear. These solutions are marketed principally through its Pioneer Transformers Ltd., Jefferson Electric, Inc. and Pioneer CEP brand names. Its Critical Power business provides customers with power generation equipment, paralleling switchgear, related electrical distribution infrastructure, and a data collection and monitoring platform. These solutions are marketed by its operations in Minneapolis, doing business under the Pioneer Critical Power Inc. and Titan Energy Systems Inc. brand names.

UQM Technologies Company Profile

UQM Technologies, Inc., (UQM) develops, manufactures and sells electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors for the commercial truck, bus, automotive, marine, military and industrial markets. The Company’s focus is incorporating its technology as propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, delivering the heart of the electric vehicle. UQM’s principal products include propulsion motors and generators with power ratings from 50 kilowatts to 250 kilowatts, auxiliary motors and electronic controls and direct current (DC)-to-DC converters. The Company has developed two basic frame size propulsion systems: the PowerPhase Pro for passenger car, light commercial applications, light duty marine and other lighter duty applications, and the PowerPhase HD lineup of products for heavier commercial bus and truck applications and heavier duty marine and other applications.

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