Babcock (NYSE: BW) and UQM Technologies (NYSE:UQM) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Babcock and UQM Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Babcock $1.57 billion 0.31 -$53.15 million ($2.68) -3.66
UQM Technologies $5.01 million 7.85 -$16.94 million N/A N/A

UQM Technologies has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Babcock.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.5% of Babcock shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of Babcock shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Babcock and UQM Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Babcock -8.51% -12.96% -5.06%
UQM Technologies -158.22% -78.26% -59.36%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Babcock and UQM Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Babcock 1 2 1 0 2.00
UQM Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Babcock currently has a consensus target price of $15.67, indicating a potential upside of 59.54%. UQM Technologies has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 146.91%. Given UQM Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe UQM Technologies is more favorable than Babcock.

Summary

Babcock beats UQM Technologies on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Babcock Company Profile

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. is a technology-based provider of fossil and renewable power generation and environmental equipment that includes a suite of boiler products and environmental systems, and services for power and industrial uses. The Company operates in three segments: Power, Renewable and Industrial. Through its Power segment, the Company provides the supply of and aftermarket services for steam-generating, environmental, and auxiliary equipment for power generation and other industrial applications. The Renewable segment provides steam-generating systems, environmental and auxiliary equipment for the waste-to-energy and biomass power generation industries, and plant operations and maintenance services for its systems and equipment. The Industrial segment focuses on custom-engineered cooling, environmental, noise abatement and industrial equipment along with related aftermarket services.

UQM Technologies Company Profile

UQM Technologies, Inc., (UQM) develops, manufactures and sells electric motors, generators, power electronic controllers and fuel cell compressors for the commercial truck, bus, automotive, marine, military and industrial markets. The Company’s focus is incorporating its technology as propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, delivering the heart of the electric vehicle. UQM’s principal products include propulsion motors and generators with power ratings from 50 kilowatts to 250 kilowatts, auxiliary motors and electronic controls and direct current (DC)-to-DC converters. The Company has developed two basic frame size propulsion systems: the PowerPhase Pro for passenger car, light commercial applications, light duty marine and other lighter duty applications, and the PowerPhase HD lineup of products for heavier commercial bus and truck applications and heavier duty marine and other applications.

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