Ultralife (ULBI) and FuelCell Energy (FCEL) Financial Contrast

Ultralife (NASDAQ: ULBI) and FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Ultralife and FuelCell Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ultralife 0 0 0 0 N/A
FuelCell Energy 0 2 5 0 2.71

FuelCell Energy has a consensus target price of $3.70, suggesting a potential upside of 105.56%. Given FuelCell Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe FuelCell Energy is more favorable than Ultralife.

Profitability

This table compares Ultralife and FuelCell Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ultralife 8.94% 7.74% 6.24%
FuelCell Energy -37.86% -46.40% -13.59%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ultralife and FuelCell Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ultralife $85.53 million 1.87 $7.64 million N/A N/A
FuelCell Energy $95.67 million 1.54 -$53.90 million ($1.11) -1.62

Ultralife has higher earnings, but lower revenue than FuelCell Energy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.4% of Ultralife shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.6% of FuelCell Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 38.1% of Ultralife shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of FuelCell Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Ultralife has a beta of -0.57, suggesting that its share price is 157% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FuelCell Energy has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ultralife beats FuelCell Energy on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ultralife Company Profile

Ultralife Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains power, and communication and electronic systems for government, defense, and commercial sectors worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Battery & Energy Products and Communications Systems. The Battery & Energy Products segment offers lithium 9-volt, cylindrical, thin lithium manganese dioxide, rechargeable, and other non-rechargeable batteries; lithium ion cells, multi-kilowatt module lithium ion battery systems, and uninterruptable power supplies; and rugged military and commercial battery charging systems and accessories, including smart chargers, multi-bay charging systems, and various cables. The Communications Systems segment provides communications systems and accessories to support military communications systems, such as radio frequency amplifiers, power supplies and cables, connector assemblies, amplified speakers, equipment mounts, case equipment, man-portable systems, and integrated communication systems for fixed or vehicle applications comprising vehicle adapters, vehicle installed power enhanced rifleman appliqué systems, and SATCOM systems. The segment's military communications systems and accessories are designed to enhance and extend the operation of communications equipment, such as vehicle-mounted, manpack, and handheld transceivers. It sells its products under the Ultralife, Lithium Power, McDowell Research, AMTI, ABLE, ACCUTRONICS, ACCUPRO, and ENTELLION brands through original equipment manufacturers, and industrial and defense supply distributors, as well as directly to the United States and international defense departments. In addition, the company sells its 9-volt battery to the broader consumer market through national and regional retail chains and Internet retailers. Ultralife Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Newark, New York.

FuelCell Energy Company Profile

Fuelcell Energy, Inc. delivers fuel cell power solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining fuel cell power solutions. The Company also provides turnkey power generation solutions to the customers, including power plant installation, operations and maintenance. The Company’s segment is fuel cell power plant production and research. The Company offers its services to various sectors, including utility companies, municipalities, universities, government entities and a range of industrial and commercial enterprises. The Company, by utilizing its Direct FuelCell (DFC) plants, is commercializing a tri-generation distributed hydrogen configuration that generates electricity, heat and hydrogen for industrial and/or transportation uses, as well as a fuel cell carbon capture solution for coal or gas-fired power plants. The Company is also developing and commercializing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) plants for sub-megawatt applications.

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