Hollysys Automation Technologies (NASDAQ: HOLI) and Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Hollysys Automation Technologies and Ballard Power Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hollysys Automation Technologies $431.94 million 3.36 $68.94 million $1.16 20.72
Ballard Power Systems $121.30 million 5.20 -$8.04 million ($0.03) -118.00

Hollysys Automation Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Ballard Power Systems. Ballard Power Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hollysys Automation Technologies, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Hollysys Automation Technologies pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Ballard Power Systems does not pay a dividend. Hollysys Automation Technologies pays out 10.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hollysys Automation Technologies and Ballard Power Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hollysys Automation Technologies 1 1 1 0 2.00
Ballard Power Systems 0 2 3 0 2.60

Hollysys Automation Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $20.77, suggesting a potential downside of 13.60%. Ballard Power Systems has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 41.24%. Given Ballard Power Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ballard Power Systems is more favorable than Hollysys Automation Technologies.

Risk & Volatility

Hollysys Automation Technologies has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ballard Power Systems has a beta of 1.98, suggesting that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.3% of Hollysys Automation Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.2% of Ballard Power Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hollysys Automation Technologies and Ballard Power Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hollysys Automation Technologies 18.89% 12.72% 8.71%
Ballard Power Systems -6.61% -4.29% -2.87%

Summary

Hollysys Automation Technologies beats Ballard Power Systems on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hollysys Automation Technologies Company Profile

Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd. is a provider of automation and control technologies, and products. The Company’s segments include Industrial Automation (IA), Rail Transportation (rail), Mechanical and Electrical (M&E), and Miscellaneous. Its technologies are applied through its industrial automation solution suite, including the Distributed Control Systems, Programmable Logic Controller, Real-time Management Information System, HolliAS Asset Management System, Operator Training System, Batch Application Package, Advanced Process Control Package (HolliAS APC Suite), Safety Instrumentation System (SIS), railway signaling system of Train Control Center, Automatic Train Protection, Subway Supervisory and Control platform, nuclear power non-safety automation and control system HolliAs-NMS DCS and other products. It serves customers in the industrial, railway, subway, nuclear power, and mechanical and electronic industries in China, Southeast Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East.

Ballard Power Systems Company Profile

Ballard Power Systems Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and service of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products worldwide. The company provides motive power products, including FCveloCity-9SSL and FCveloCity-1020ACS fuel cell stacks, as well as FCveloCity modules for material handling, bus, commercial vehicle, and light rail applications. It also offers stationary power products, such as FCgen-1020ACS and FCgen-H2PM fuel cell stacks for backup power system applications; and ClearGen for distributed generation system applications. In addition, the company provides unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) power products comprising FCair-600 and FCair-1200 fuel cell products for UAVs power system applications. Further, it offers portable power products, including SPM-622 and VPM-402 for power management applications; and adaptive battery chargers for portable battery charging applications. Additionally, the company provides technology solutions comprising engineering services, technology transfer, and license and sale of its intellectual property portfolio for various fuel cell applications. Ballard Power Systems Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Burnaby, Canada.

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