American Superconductor (AMSC) & Franklin Electric (FELE) Critical Analysis

American Superconductor (NASDAQ: AMSC) and Franklin Electric (NASDAQ:FELE) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

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American Superconductor has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Franklin Electric has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares American Superconductor and Franklin Electric’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Superconductor $75.19 million 1.63 -$27.37 million ($2.16) -2.71
Franklin Electric $1.12 billion 1.70 $78.18 million $1.92 21.38

Franklin Electric has higher revenue and earnings than American Superconductor. American Superconductor is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Franklin Electric, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.4% of American Superconductor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.0% of Franklin Electric shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Franklin Electric shares are owned 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.


Franklin Electric pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. American Superconductor does not pay a dividend. Franklin Electric pays out 22.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Franklin Electric has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for American Superconductor and Franklin Electric, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Superconductor 0 2 5 0 2.71
Franklin Electric 0 3 1 0 2.25

American Superconductor presently has a consensus price target of $7.14, indicating a potential upside of 22.10%. Franklin Electric has a consensus price target of $47.33, indicating a potential upside of 15.31%. Given American Superconductor’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe American Superconductor is more favorable than Franklin Electric.


This table compares American Superconductor and Franklin Electric’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Superconductor -65.96% -60.92% -36.59%
Franklin Electric 6.95% 12.97% 7.65%


Franklin Electric beats American Superconductor on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American Superconductor

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is a provider of megawatt-scale solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wind and Grid. Through the Company’s Windtec Solutions brand, the Wind business segment enables manufacturers to field wind turbines. Through the Company’s Gridtec Solutions, the Grid business segment enables electric utilities and renewable energy project developers to connect, transmit and distribute power. AMSC supplies power electronics and control systems, licenses its engineered wind turbine designs and provides customer support services to wind turbine manufacturers. The Company provides a range of power electronics and software-based control systems. AMSC provides transmission planning services that enable it to identify power grid congestion and other risks. The Company also sells grid interconnection solutions for wind farms and solar power plants, power quality systems, and transmission and distribution cable systems.

About Franklin Electric

Franklin Electric Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes water and fuel pumping systems worldwide. It operates in three segments: Water Systems, Fueling Systems, and Distribution. The Water Systems segment offers submersible motors, pumps, drives, electronic controls, monitoring devices, and related parts and equipment. Its motors and pumps are used principally for pumping clean water and wastewater in various residential, agricultural, and industrial applications; and electronic drives and controls are used in motors for controlling functionality, as well as providing protection from various hazards, such as electric surges, over-heating, and dry wells and tanks. The Fueling Systems segment provides pumps, pipes, sumps, fittings, vapor recovery components, electronic controls, monitoring devices, and related parts and equipment primarily for use in submersible fueling system applications. Its fuel pumping systems are used principally in total system solutions for underground gasoline, diesel, and biofuel systems. This segment serves other energy markets, such as power reliability systems, as well as includes intelligent electronic devices for online monitoring of the power utility, hydroelectric, and industrial markets. The Distribution segment sells to and provides pre-sale support and specifications to the installing contractors. It sells products produced by the Water Systems segment and other brands. The company sells its products to specialty distributors, original equipment manufacturers, industrial and petroleum equipment distributors, and oil and utility companies through its employee sales force and independent manufacturing representatives. Franklin Electric Co., Inc. was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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