SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR (OTCMKTS:SIELY) and Absolute Software (OTCMKTS:ALSWF) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.


This table compares SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR and Absolute Software’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Absolute Software 10.25% -21.90% 9.84%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR and Absolute Software’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Absolute Software $98.91 million 4.32 $7.58 million N/A N/A

Absolute Software has higher revenue and earnings than SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR and Absolute Software, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Absolute Software 0 2 0 0 2.00

Absolute Software has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 24.38%. Given Absolute Software’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Absolute Software is more favorable than SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.9% of Absolute Software shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Absolute Software has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.


SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Absolute Software pays an annual dividend of $0.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%.


Absolute Software beats SHANGHAI ELEC G/ADR on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.


Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited, an equipment manufacturing conglomerate, provides equipment, equipment sets, and engineering works and contracting services in the People's Republic of China. The company manufactures and sells nuclear power, nuclear island, wind power, and environmental protection equipment, as well as heavy machinery, including forging components; and provides solution packages for utilization of solid waste, sewage treatment, power generation environment protection, and distributed energy systems. It also offers thermal power equipment and corollary equipment; and power transmission and distribution equipment. In addition, the company provides elevators, automation, electrical motors, machine tools, marine crankshafts, and other electromechanical equipment. Further, it offers integrated engineering services for power station projects and other industries; financial products and services; and international trading, financial lease and related consulting, and insurance brokerage services. Additionally, the company manufactures turbine generators and spare parts; desulphurization, civil nuclear bearing, and electrical and mechanical equipment; power generation equipment and auxiliary products; printing and packing machinery, artificial boards, air-conditioners, welding materials, and engineering machinery; electrical switchgears; oil immersed power transformers; equipment for aircraft assembly lines; raw materials; wires and cables; industrial blades, precision bearings, and fasteners; and escalators, electronic ramps, and building automation management and safety systems. It also engages in sale of power station boilers and equipment, and industry boilers; provision of technical consulting, and after-sales service; and import and export of products. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China. Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited operates as a subsidiary of Shanghai Electric (Group) Corporation.

Absolute Software Company Profile

Absolute Software Corporation develops, markets, and supports endpoint management and data security solutions for endpoint computing devices in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Its software-as-a-service solutions enable customers to secure endpoints, assess risk, and respond to security threats. The company offers the Absolute platform, which provides reporting and analytic, geotechnology, risk assessment and response, custom query and remediation, application persistence, data awareness, and endpoint investigation to manage and secure endpoints. It also provides endpoint security and IT asset management, risk and compliance, and general data protection regulation solutions. The company markets its products and services through device original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and value added resellers, as well as directly to corporations, government entities, educational institutions, financial services, healthcare sectors, and consumers. Absolute Software Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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