Enersys (NYSE: ENS) and Energous Corporation (NASDAQ:WATT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Enersys has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energous Corporation has a beta of 1.94, meaning that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Enersys and Energous Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enersys 6.86% 18.90% 9.05%
Energous Corporation -2,495.17% -237.18% -190.71%

Dividends

Enersys pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Energous Corporation does not pay a dividend. Enersys pays out 18.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Enersys and Energous Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enersys 0 0 2 0 3.00
Energous Corporation 0 2 2 0 2.50

Enersys presently has a consensus target price of $82.50, indicating a potential upside of 33.04%. Energous Corporation has a consensus target price of $18.67, indicating a potential upside of 81.58%. Given Energous Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Energous Corporation is more favorable than Enersys.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Enersys and Energous Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enersys $2.39 billion 1.13 $333.11 million $3.71 16.71
Energous Corporation $2.01 million 112.00 -$48.88 million ($2.56) -4.02

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.5% of Enersys shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.0% of Energous Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Enersys shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Energous Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Enersys beats Energous Corporation on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enersys Company Profile

EnerSys is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries. The Company manufactures, markets and distributes related products, such as chargers, power equipment, outdoor cabinet enclosures and battery accessories, and provides related after-market and customer-support services for industrial batteries. Its segments based on geographic regions consist of Americas, which consists of North and South America; EMEA, which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia, which includes Asia, Australia and Oceania. The Company’s product lines include reserve power and motive power products. Its Reserve power products also include thermally managed cabinets and enclosures for electronic equipment and batteries. The Company’s motive power products are used to provide power for electric industrial forklifts used in manufacturing, warehousing and other material handling applications. They are used as mining equipment, diesel locomotive starting and other rail equipment.

Energous Corporation Company Profile

Energous Corporation is engaged in developing a technology called WattUp that consists of semiconductor chipsets, software, hardware designs and antennas that can enable radio frequency (RF)-based wire-free charging for electronic devices, providing power at a distance and enabling charging with mobility under software control. Its technology can be utilized in a range of devices, including wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, keyboards, mice, remote controls, rechargeable lights, cylindrical batteries and any other device with similar charging requirements that would otherwise need a battery or a connection to a power outlet. The Company is engaged in developing a solution that charges electronic devices by surrounding them with a contained three-dimensional (3D) RF energy pocket (RF energy pocket). It is also engaged in developing its transmitter technology to mesh, to form a wire-free charging network.

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