Polar Power (NASDAQ: POLA) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Polar Power and Atkore International Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polar Power 0 1 0 0 2.00
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Polar Power currently has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.15%. Atkore International Group has a consensus price target of $23.67, suggesting a potential upside of 9.26%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Polar Power.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Polar Power and Atkore International Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Polar Power $22.80 million 2.27 $4.40 million $0.16 31.94
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.91 $84.63 million $1.27 17.06

Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than Polar Power. Atkore International Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Polar Power, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Polar Power and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polar Power 8.59% 6.40% 5.86%
Atkore International Group 5.27% 23.76% 7.25%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.3% of Polar Power shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.3% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 61.3% of Polar Power shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Polar Power on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Polar Power

Polar Power, Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and selling direct current (DC) power systems for applications primarily in the telecommunications, military, electric vehicle charging, cogeneration, distributed power and uninterruptable power supply markets. Within the telecommunications market, the Company’s DC power systems provide DC power to service applications that do not have access to the utility grid (such as off-grid applications) or have critical power needs and cannot be without power in the event of utility grid failure (such as back-up power applications). Its product offerings include DC base power systems, DC hybrid power systems and DC solar hybrid power systems. The Company’s technologies include Permanent Magnet Homopolar Hybrid (PMHH) Technology and Supra Controller Technology. Its power and control system architecture is controlled by its digital control system, Supra Controller, which contains software configured to meet specific application needs.

About Atkore International Group

Atkore International Group Inc. is a manufacturer of electrical raceway products. The Company’s products are primarily offered for non-residential construction and renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: Electrical Raceway and MP&S. Through the electrical raceway segment, it manufactures products that deploy, isolate and protect a structure’s electrical circuitry from the original power source to the final outlet. The Company’s electrical raceway segment products include electrical conduit, armored cable, cable trays, mounting systems and fittings. Through the MP&S segment, it provides products and services that frame, support and secure component parts in a range of structures, equipment and systems in electrical, industrial and construction applications. The Company’s MP&S segment products include metal framing products and in-line galvanized mechanical tube.

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