American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) and Kimball Electronics (NASDAQ:KE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitabiliy.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
29.9% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.1% of Kimball Electronics shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Kimball Electronics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
American Superconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kimball Electronics has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for American Superconductor Corporation and Kimball Electronics, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|American Superconductor Corporation||0||1||5||0||2.83|
American Superconductor Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 118.42%. Kimball Electronics has a consensus price target of $17.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.27%. Given American Superconductor Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Superconductor Corporation is more favorable than Kimball Electronics.
This table compares American Superconductor Corporation and Kimball Electronics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|American Superconductor Corporation||-36.40%||-42.53%||-24.82%|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares American Superconductor Corporation and Kimball Electronics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|American Superconductor Corporation||$75.20 million||0.87||-$20.02 million||($1.99)||-1.76|
|Kimball Electronics||$910.05 million||0.58||$62.52 million||$1.14||17.19|
Kimball Electronics has higher revenue and earnings than American Superconductor Corporation. American Superconductor Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kimball Electronics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Kimball Electronics beats American Superconductor Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
American Superconductor Corporation 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.
Kimball Electronics Company Profile
Kimball Electronics, Inc. (Kimball Electronics) is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. The Company is engaged in producing electronics for the automotive, medical, industrial and public safety markets. It provides design, engineering, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of electronic assemblies and circuit boards on a contract basis to a range of industries. The Company offers various engineering, manufacturing and supply chain services, such as design services; production and testing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAS); industrialization and automation of manufacturing processes; product design and process validation and qualification; reliability testing, which include testing of products under a series of environmental conditions; assembly, production and packaging of other related non-electronic products, and product life cycle management. It is engaged in producing safety critical electronic assemblies for the automotive market.
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