Ideal Power (NASDAQ:IPWR – Get Free Report) and FTC Solar (NASDAQ:FTCI – Get Free Report) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Ideal Power and FTC Solar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ideal Power||$153,996.00||331.23||-$7.19 million||($1.53)||-5.61|
|FTC Solar||$130.02 million||0.53||-$99.61 million||($0.54)||-1.03|
Ideal Power has higher earnings, but lower revenue than FTC Solar. Ideal Power is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FTC Solar, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Ideal Power presently has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 109.79%. FTC Solar has a consensus price target of $2.11, indicating a potential upside of 280.29%. Given FTC Solar’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe FTC Solar is more favorable than Ideal Power.
This table compares Ideal Power and FTC Solar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
18.4% of Ideal Power shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.6% of FTC Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of Ideal Power shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 29.7% of FTC Solar shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Risk and Volatility
Ideal Power has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FTC Solar has a beta of 2.14, meaning that its share price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500.
FTC Solar beats Ideal Power on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Ideal Power
Ideal Power Inc. focuses on the development and commercialization of its bidirectional bipolar junction TRANsistor solid-state switch technology. The company offers SymCool Power Module designed to meet low conduction loss needs of the solid-state circuit breaker market. It serves electric and hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging, renewable energy and energy storage system power converters, uninterruptible power supplies for data centers, industrial motor drives, solid-state circuit breakers, distribution and transmission switches and controls, and other industrial and military markets. The company was formerly known as Ideal Power Converters Inc. and changed its name to Ideal Power Inc. in July 2013. Ideal Power Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
About FTC Solar
FTC Solar, Inc. provides solar tracker systems, software, and engineering services in the United States and internationally. It offers two-panel in-portrait single-axis tracker solutions under the Voyager brand name. The company also provides Pioneer, a one module-in-portrait solar tracker solution that allows for a pile count reduction per megawatt. Its customers include project developers; solar asset owners; and engineering, procurement, and construction contractors that design and build solar energy projects. FTC Solar, Inc. was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
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