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

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 -3.41% 5.66% 2.23%

Volatility and Risk

American Superconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Superconductor Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

42.4% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.9% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of shares of all “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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 -2.14
American Superconductor Corporation Competitors $1.87 billion $295.25 million -37.39

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.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Superconductor Corporation 0 1 5 0 2.83
American Superconductor Corporation Competitors 185 906 1174 6 2.44

American Superconductor Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $7.33, indicating a potential upside of 60.47%. As a group, “Electrical Components & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.55%. Given American Superconductor Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable 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.

American Superconductor Corporation Company Profile

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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