SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWRA) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

28.8% of SunPower Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of SunPower Corporation 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SunPower and SunPower Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunPower N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
SunPower Corporation $2.49 billion 0.47 -$24.89 million ($3.92) -2.15

SunPower has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SunPower Corporation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for SunPower and SunPower Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunPower 0 0 0 0 N/A
SunPower Corporation 0 11 3 0 2.21

SunPower Corporation has a consensus price target of $9.38, indicating a potential upside of 11.31%. Given SunPower Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SunPower Corporation is more favorable than SunPower.

Profitability

This table compares SunPower and SunPower Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunPower -35.05% -47.78% -10.93%
SunPower Corporation -21.84% -12.56% -2.88%

Summary

SunPower Corporation beats SunPower on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SunPower

SunPower Corporation is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Company’s segments include Residential Segment, Commercial Segment and Power Plant Segment. The Residential and Commercial Segments combined are referred to as Distributed Generation. The Company offers solar module technology and solar power systems that are designed to generate electricity over a system life over 25 years; Integrated Smart Energy software solutions that enable customers to manage and optimize the cooperation center of excellence (CCOE) measurement; Installation, construction, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring services; and financing solutions that provide customers a range of options for purchasing or leasing solar products at competitive energy rates. The Company offers a set of residential solutions that deliver value to homeowners and its dealer partners.

About SunPower Corporation

SunPower Corporation is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Company’s segments include Residential Segment, Commercial Segment and Power Plant Segment. The Residential and Commercial Segments combined are referred to as Distributed Generation. The Company offers solar module technology and solar power systems that are designed to generate electricity over a system life over 25 years; Integrated Smart Energy software solutions that enable customers to manage and optimize the cooperation center of excellence (CCOE) measurement; Installation, construction, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring services; and financing solutions that provide customers a range of options for purchasing or leasing solar products at competitive energy rates. The Company offers a set of residential solutions that deliver value to homeowners and its dealer partners.

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