American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) is one of 46 public companies in the “Electrical Components & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare American Superconductor Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares American Superconductor Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
American Superconductor Corporation $70.77 million -$21.56 million -2.28
American Superconductor Corporation Competitors $1.91 billion $302.41 million -35.04

American Superconductor Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than American Superconductor Corporation. American Superconductor Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

American Superconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.09, suggesting that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Superconductor Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

35.2% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares American Superconductor Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Superconductor Corporation -45.60% -54.39% -32.07%
American Superconductor Corporation Competitors -3.11% 5.25% 2.19%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for American Superconductor Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Superconductor Corporation 0 1 5 0 2.83
American Superconductor Corporation Competitors 256 1039 1228 13 2.39

American Superconductor Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $7.33, indicating a potential upside of 50.27%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 5.73%. Given American Superconductor Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe American Superconductor Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

American Superconductor Corporation peers beat American Superconductor Corporation on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About American Superconductor Corporation

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is a provider of megawatt-scale solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wind and Grid. Through the Company’s Windtec Solutions brand, the Wind business segment enables manufacturers to field wind turbines. Through the Company’s Gridtec Solutions, the Grid business segment enables electric utilities and renewable energy project developers to connect, transmit and distribute power. AMSC supplies power electronics and control systems, licenses its engineered wind turbine designs and provides customer support services to wind turbine manufacturers. The Company provides a range of power electronics and software-based control systems. AMSC provides transmission planning services that enable it to identify power grid congestion and other risks. The Company also sells grid interconnection solutions for wind farms and solar power plants, power quality systems, and transmission and distribution cable systems.

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