Head-To-Head Contrast: Rockwell Automation (ROK) versus Polar Power (POLA)

Polar Power (NASDAQ: POLA) and Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Polar Power and Rockwell Automation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polar Power 0 1 0 0 2.00
Rockwell Automation 2 10 2 0 2.00

Polar Power presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.38%. Rockwell Automation has a consensus target price of $160.50, indicating a potential downside of 16.67%. Given Polar Power’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Polar Power is more favorable than Rockwell Automation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.1% of Polar Power shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.8% of Rockwell Automation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Rockwell Automation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Rockwell Automation pays an annual dividend of $3.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Polar Power does not pay a dividend. Rockwell Automation pays out 47.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Polar Power has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Polar Power and Rockwell Automation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polar Power 13.12% 13.81% 12.49%
Rockwell Automation 13.08% 38.67% 12.32%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Polar Power and Rockwell Automation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Polar Power $22.80 million 2.13 $4.40 million N/A N/A
Rockwell Automation $6.31 billion 3.92 $729.70 million $6.34 30.38

Rockwell Automation has higher revenue and earnings than Polar Power.

Summary

Rockwell Automation beats Polar Power on 8 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 Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (Rockwell Automation) is a provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers. The Company operates through two segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment contains various hardware, software and communication components of the Company’s integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s industrial processes and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise. Architecture & Software has a portfolio of products, including Control platforms that perform multiple control disciplines and monitoring of applications, including discrete, batch and continuous process, drives control, motion control and machine safety control. The Control Products & Solutions segment portfolio includes low and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers.

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