Aggreko (OTCMKTS: ARGKF) and American Superconductor (NASDAQ:AMSC) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Risk & Volatility

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Aggreko has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Superconductor has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.4% of American Superconductor shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Aggreko and American Superconductor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aggreko N/A N/A N/A
American Superconductor -65.96% -60.92% -36.59%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aggreko and American Superconductor’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aggreko $2.05 billion 1.30 $169.41 million $0.84 12.43
American Superconductor $75.19 million 1.68 -$27.37 million ($2.16) -2.80

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aggreko and American Superconductor, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aggreko 0 0 1 0 3.00
American Superconductor 0 2 5 0 2.71

American Superconductor has a consensus price target of $7.14, suggesting a potential upside of 18.26%. Given American Superconductor’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Superconductor is more favorable than Aggreko.

Summary

Aggreko beats American Superconductor on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aggreko Company Profile

Aggreko plc is a United Kingdom-based company, which is a provider of modular, mobile power and related solutions. The Company’s segments include Power Solutions and Rental Solutions. The Power Solutions segment provides solutions for power requirements. The Power Solutions segment has two businesses: utility and industrial. The Industrial business operates in emerging markets to develop solutions and then rent its equipment for the customers to operate themselves. The Utility business also serves emerging markets, acting as a power provider, installing and operating modular, mobile power plants. The Rental Solutions segment is a transactional business that offers power adjacencies, such as heating, cooling, oil-free air and load-banks. The Company focuses on a range of sectors, including petrochemicals, oil and gas, events, utilities, manufacturing, services, construction, mining and shipping.

American Superconductor 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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