Contrasting Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn (PPSI) & Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (NYSE:BW)

Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn (OTCMKTS: PPSI) and Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (NYSE:BW) are both small-cap companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn and Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn 0 0 1 0 3.00
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises 1 3 0 0 1.75

Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.96%. Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises has a consensus target price of $6.35, indicating a potential upside of 8.36%. Given Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises is more favorable than Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.7% of Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. 54.7% of Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn and Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn -0.84% 24.81% 8.33%
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises -22.48% -50.88% -15.29%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn and Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn $114.40 million 0.58 -$1.06 million $0.62 12.18
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises $1.58 billion 0.16 -$115.64 million ($7.18) -0.82

Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises. Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn beats Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pioneer Pwr Sol Cmn Company Profile

Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. manufactures, sells and services a range of specialty electrical transmission, distribution and on-site power generation equipment for applications in the utility, industrial, commercial and backup power markets. The Company operates through two segments: Transmission & Distribution Solutions (T&D Solutions) and Critical Power Solutions (Critical Power). The T&D Solutions segment consists of two primary product categories: electrical transformers and switchgear. These solutions are marketed principally through its Pioneer Transformers Ltd., Jefferson Electric, Inc. and Pioneer CEP brand names. Its Critical Power business provides customers with power generation equipment, paralleling switchgear, related electrical distribution infrastructure, and a data collection and monitoring platform. These solutions are marketed by its operations in Minneapolis, doing business under the Pioneer Critical Power Inc. and Titan Energy Systems Inc. brand names.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Company Profile

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. is a technology-based provider of fossil and renewable power generation and environmental equipment that includes a suite of boiler products and environmental systems, and services for power and industrial uses. The Company operates in three segments: Power, Renewable and Industrial. Through its Power segment, the Company provides the supply of and aftermarket services for steam-generating, environmental, and auxiliary equipment for power generation and other industrial applications. The Renewable segment provides steam-generating systems, environmental and auxiliary equipment for the waste-to-energy and biomass power generation industries, and plant operations and maintenance services for its systems and equipment. The Industrial segment focuses on custom-engineered cooling, environmental, noise abatement and industrial equipment along with related aftermarket services.

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