Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) and Highpower International (NASDAQ:HPJ) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Highpower International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -31.86% -35.32% -18.34%
Highpower International 4.41% 19.02% 5.33%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Highpower International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 0.75 -$43.12 million ($0.91) -2.33
Highpower International $244.17 million 0.15 $16.77 million N/A N/A

Highpower International has higher revenue and earnings than Maxwell Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Highpower International has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its share price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Maxwell Technologies and Highpower International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 3 0 2.75
Highpower International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Maxwell Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $5.33, indicating a potential upside of 151.57%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Highpower International.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.8% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.6% of Highpower International shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 33.3% of Highpower International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Highpower International beats Maxwell Technologies on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Maxwell Technologies Company Profile

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage and power delivery products worldwide. The company provides ultracapacitor cells, multi-cell packs, modules, and subsystems that provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in automotive, grid energy storage, wind, bus, industrial, and truck industries; and lithium-ion capacitors, which are energy storage devices designed to address various applications in the rail, grid, and industrial markets. It also offers CONDIS high-voltage capacitors, such as grading and coupling capacitors, electric voltage transformers, and metering products that are used to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications, including transport, distribution, and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. In addition, the company provides dry battery electrodes for use in electric vehicles. It markets and sells its products through direct and indirect sales channels to integrators and OEMs for use in a range of end products. The company was formerly known as Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. and changed its name to Maxwell Technologies, Inc. in 1996. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Highpower International Company Profile

Highpower International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. The company operates in three segments: Lithium Business, Ni-MH Batteries and Accessories, and New Material. It offers Ni-MH rechargeable batteries in AA, AAA, 9V, C, D, and SC sizes in blister packing, as well as chargers and battery packs. The company also provides lithium-ion cylindrical and polymer rechargeable batteries, and power source solutions. In addition, it is involved in the research, design, production, and sale of battery packs and systems, and lithium batteries. The company's products are used in various applications, such as electric toys, power tools, portable computers and other electronics, medical devices, and other consumer products. It serves in Mainland China, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc. and changed its name to Highpower International, Inc. in October 2010. Highpower International, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, the People's Republic of China.

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