American Superconductor (NASDAQ: AMSC) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.
This table compares American Superconductor and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Atkore International Group||5.97%||26.99%||8.34%|
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for American Superconductor and Atkore International Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Atkore International Group||0||0||3||0||3.00|
American Superconductor presently has a consensus target price of $7.14, suggesting a potential upside of 51.01%. Atkore International Group has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.40%. Given American Superconductor’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Superconductor is more favorable than Atkore International Group.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
31.9% of American Superconductor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.6% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Atkore International Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares American Superconductor and Atkore International Group’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||1.32||-$27.37 million||($2.00)||-2.37|
|Atkore International Group||$1.50 billion||0.92||$84.63 million||$1.49||14.59|
Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than American Superconductor. American Superconductor 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.
Atkore International Group beats American Superconductor on 10 of the 13 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 Atkore International Group
Atkore International Group Inc. is a manufacturer of electrical raceway products. The Company’s products are primarily offered for non-residential construction and renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: Electrical Raceway and MP&S. Through the electrical raceway segment, it manufactures products that deploy, isolate and protect a structure’s electrical circuitry from the original power source to the final outlet. The Company’s electrical raceway segment products include electrical conduit, armored cable, cable trays, mounting systems and fittings. Through the MP&S segment, it provides products and services that frame, support and secure component parts in a range of structures, equipment and systems in electrical, industrial and construction applications. The Company’s MP&S segment products include metal framing products and in-line galvanized mechanical tube.
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