TechPrecision (OTCMKTS:TPCS) and HC2 (NYSE:HCHC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for TechPrecision and HC2, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TechPrecision 0 0 0 0 N/A
HC2 0 0 1 0 3.00

HC2 has a consensus price target of $13.50, indicating a potential upside of 172.18%. Given HC2’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe HC2 is more favorable than TechPrecision.

Profitability

This table compares TechPrecision and HC2’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TechPrecision -3.09% -6.21% -3.41%
HC2 8.65% 44.90% 2.10%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TechPrecision and HC2’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TechPrecision $18.73 million 1.42 -$260,000.00 N/A N/A
HC2 $1.63 billion 0.14 -$46.91 million ($0.99) -5.01

TechPrecision has higher earnings, but lower revenue than HC2.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of TechPrecision shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of HC2 shares are owned by institutional investors. 21.4% of TechPrecision shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of HC2 shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

TechPrecision has a beta of -2.44, suggesting that its share price is 344% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HC2 has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

HC2 beats TechPrecision on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

TechPrecision Company Profile

TechPrecision Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells precision, large-scale fabricated, and machined metal components and systems in the United States and the People's Republic of China. It offers custom components for ships and submarines, aerospace equipment, nuclear power plants, and large scale medical systems. The company also provides manufacturing engineering services to assist customers. It serves customers in defense, aerospace, nuclear, energy, medical, and precision industrial markets. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Westminster, Massachusetts.

HC2 Company Profile

HC2 Holdings, Inc. engages in the construction, marine services, energy, telecommunications, insurance, life sciences, and other businesses in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company fabricates and erects structural steel for commercial and industrial construction projects, such as buildings and office complexes, hotels and casinos, convention centers, sports arenas and stadiums, shopping malls, hospitals, dams, bridges, mines, and power plants. It also fabricates trusses and girders; and fabricates and erects water pipes, water storage tanks, pollution control scrubbers, tunnel liners, pressure vessels, strainers, filters, separators, and various customized products. In addition, the company provides subsea cable installation and maintenance services for the telecommunications sector; installation, maintenance, and repair services for fiber optic communication and power infrastructure to offshore platforms; and installation services for power cables for use in offshore wind farms and in the offshore wind market. Further, it distributes natural gas motor fuels; acquires, owns, designs, builds, operates, and maintains compressed natural gas fueling stations for transportation vehicles; and offers voice communication services for national telecommunications, mobile, prepaid, and voice over Internet protocol service operators, as well as wholesale carriers and Internet service providers. Additionally, the company provides long-term care, life, and annuity insurance products to individuals. It also focuses on developing products to treat early osteoarthritis of the knee and solid tumors; develops skin lightening technology; owns licenses to create and distribute NASCAR video games; and acquires broadcast assets. The company was formerly known as PTGi Holding Inc. and changed its name to HC2 Holdings, Inc. in April 2014. HC2 Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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