Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Ballard Power Systems has a beta of 2.58, indicating that its stock price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trina Solar Limited has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ballard Power Systems and Trina Solar Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ballard Power Systems 0 2 2 0 2.50
Trina Solar Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00

Ballard Power Systems currently has a consensus price target of $4.88, indicating a potential downside of 4.41%. Trina Solar Limited has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.98%. Given Trina Solar Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Trina Solar Limited is more favorable than Ballard Power Systems.

Profitability

This table compares Ballard Power Systems and Trina Solar Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ballard Power Systems -9.34% -6.74% -4.46%
Trina Solar Limited 3.48% N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ballard Power Systems and Trina Solar Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ballard Power Systems $100.50 million 8.95 -$2.14 million ($0.07) -72.85
Trina Solar Limited N/A N/A N/A $1.43 8.07

Trina Solar Limited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ballard Power Systems. Ballard Power Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Trina Solar Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.8% of Ballard Power Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Trina Solar Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Trina Solar Limited beats Ballard Power Systems on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ballard Power Systems Company Profile

Ballard Power Systems Inc. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, sale and service of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for a range of applications, focusing on the power product markets of heavy-duty motive (consisting of bus and tram applications), portable power, material handling and backup power, as well as the delivery of technology solutions, including engineering services, technology transfer and the license and sale of its intellectual property portfolio and fundamental knowledge for a range of fuel cell applications. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided products in four product classes, such as Fuel cell stacks, Fuel cell modules, Fuel cell systems and Power management systems. The Company provides FCgen and FCveloCity fuel cell stacks to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and system integrators that use the stacks to produce fuel cell systems for power solutions.

Trina Solar Limited Company Profile

Trina Solar Limited is an integrated solar power products manufacturer and solar system developer based in China with a global distribution network. The Company has integrated the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its photovoltaic (PV) module production. Its PV modules provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial and other applications. It also develops, designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects that primarily use the solar modules it manufactures. It operates through two segments: manufacturing segment and the solar power projects segment. The manufacturing segment designs, develops, manufactures and sells PV modules, and integrates the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its PV module production. The solar power projects segment designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and other European and Asian countries.

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