Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (NASDAQ: HQCL) and Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Trina Solar Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 2.30% 11.55% 2.26%
Trina Solar Limited 3.48% N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a beta of 2.03, suggesting that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trina Solar Limited has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.7% of Hanwha Q CELLS Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Trina Solar Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Trina Solar Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 1 1 0 0 1.50
Trina Solar Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.53%. Trina Solar Limited has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.98%. Given Trina Solar Limited’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Trina Solar Limited is more favorable than Hanwha Q CELLS Co..

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and Trina Solar Limited’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. $2.28 billion 0.27 $200.30 million $0.62 11.95
Trina Solar Limited N/A N/A N/A $1.43 8.07

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Trina Solar Limited. Trina Solar Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hanwha Q CELLS Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. beats Trina Solar Limited on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. Company Profile

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., formerly Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., is a global solar energy company engaged in the manufacturing of solar modules, and the development and management of downstream solar farms. It manufactures a range of photo voltaic (PV) cells and PV modules at its manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia using manufacturing process technologies, including those developed at its research and development facilities in Germany. It also engages in PV downstream businesses, which include developing solar power projects and providing engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and management services. It develops and builds solar power projects incorporating its PV modules to sells them to third-party purchasers upon completion. Its principal products include PV modules, PV cells, silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It sells a range of PV modules, ranging from 250 watts to 340 watts in power output specification.

Trina Solar Limited Company Profile

Trina Solar Limited is an integrated solar power products manufacturer and solar system developer based in China with a global distribution network. The Company has integrated the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its photovoltaic (PV) module production. Its PV modules provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial and other applications. It also develops, designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects that primarily use the solar modules it manufactures. It operates through two segments: manufacturing segment and the solar power projects segment. The manufacturing segment designs, develops, manufactures and sells PV modules, and integrates the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its PV module production. The solar power projects segment designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and other European and Asian countries.

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