FARO Technologies (NASDAQ: FARO) and Polar Power (NASDAQ:POLA) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FARO Technologies and Polar Power’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FARO Technologies $325.58 million 2.72 $11.10 million $0.00 -5,300,000.00
Polar Power $22.80 million 2.13 $4.40 million N/A N/A

FARO Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Polar Power.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for FARO Technologies and Polar Power, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FARO Technologies 0 2 4 0 2.67
Polar Power 0 1 0 0 2.00

FARO Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $48.80, indicating a potential downside of 7.92%. Polar Power has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.38%. Given Polar Power’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Polar Power is more favorable than FARO Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares FARO Technologies and Polar Power’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FARO Technologies 0.03% 0.03% 0.02%
Polar Power 13.12% 13.81% 12.49%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.7% of FARO Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.1% of Polar Power shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of FARO Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

FARO Technologies beats Polar Power on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports software driven, three-dimensional (3D) measurement, imaging and realization systems. The Company operates in three segments: Factory Metrology, Construction BIM-CIM and Other. It sells its products through a direct sales force across customers in a range of manufacturing, industrial, architecture, surveying, building construction and law enforcement applications. Its FaroArm, FARO Laser ScanArm, FARO Gage, FARO Laser Tracker, FARO Cobalt Array 3D Imager AMP, and their companion CAM2 software provide for Computer-Aided Design-based inspection and/or factory-level statistical process control and surveying. It operates in international markets throughout the world and maintain sales offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

About Polar Power

Polar Power, Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and selling direct current (DC) power systems for applications primarily in the telecommunications, military, electric vehicle charging, cogeneration, distributed power and uninterruptable power supply markets. Within the telecommunications market, the Company’s DC power systems provide DC power to service applications that do not have access to the utility grid (such as off-grid applications) or have critical power needs and cannot be without power in the event of utility grid failure (such as back-up power applications). Its product offerings include DC base power systems, DC hybrid power systems and DC solar hybrid power systems. The Company’s technologies include Permanent Magnet Homopolar Hybrid (PMHH) Technology and Supra Controller Technology. Its power and control system architecture is controlled by its digital control system, Supra Controller, which contains software configured to meet specific application needs.

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