Financial Survey: Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) versus Atkore International Group (ATKR)

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

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Atkore International Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 1.70 -$43.12 million ($0.91) -6.40
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.79 $84.63 million $1.27 14.63

Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atkore International Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -33.08% -30.48% -18.14%
Atkore International Group 5.97% 26.99% 8.34%

Risk and Volatility

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.31, meaning that its stock price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Maxwell Technologies and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 5 0 2.83
Atkore International Group 0 1 3 0 2.75

Maxwell Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.27%. Atkore International Group has a consensus price target of $23.75, suggesting a potential upside of 27.83%. Given Atkore International Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Maxwell Technologies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.2% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 68.8% of Atkore International Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Maxwell Technologies on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets energy storage and power delivery products for transportation, industrial, information technology and other applications and microelectronic products for space and satellite applications. The Company offers three product lines: Ultracapacitors, High-Voltage Capacitors and Radiation-Hardened Microelectronic Products. The Company’s ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell packs, and modules provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in multiple industries. The Company offers ultracapacitor cells with capacitances ranging from 1 to 3,400 farads. It designs and manufactures CONDIS high-voltage capacitors. These products include grading and coupling capacitors and electric voltage transformers. The Company’s radiation-hardened microelectronic products for satellites and spacecraft include single board computers and components, such as high-density memory and data conversion modules.

About Atkore International Group

Atkore International Group Inc. manufactures and distributes electrical raceway products in the United States and internationally. The company's electrical raceway products include electrical conduits and fittings, armored cable and fittings, cable trays and mounting systems, and fittings for the non-residential construction, renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction, and industrial markets. It also offers MP&S products comprising metal framing and fittings, mechanical pipes, flexible sprinkler drops, and barbed tapes, as well as construction services for the construction and industrial markets. The company offers its products under the Allied Tube & Conduit, AFC Cable Systems, Heritage Plastics, Unistrut, Power-Strut, and Cope and Calpipe, as well as other sub-brands. Atkore International Group Inc. serves a group of end markets, including new construction; maintenance, repair, and remodel, as well as infrastructure; diversified industrials; alternative power generation; healthcare; data centers; and government through electrical, industrial, and specialty distributors, as well as original equipment manufacturers. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Harvey, Illinois.

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