Analyzing Ideal Power (IPWR) and The Competition

Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “MACHINERY-ELEC” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Ideal Power to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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12.5% of Ideal Power shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.2% of shares of all “MACHINERY-ELEC” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Ideal Power shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “MACHINERY-ELEC” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Ideal Power and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ideal Power -852.02% -66.57% -59.44%
Ideal Power Competitors -235.44% -23.92% -14.70%

Volatility & Risk

Ideal Power has a beta of 1.13, meaning that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ideal Power’s peers have a beta of 0.93, meaning that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ideal Power and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ideal Power 0 2 2 0 2.50
Ideal Power Competitors 170 782 950 12 2.42

Ideal Power presently has a consensus price target of $3.38, suggesting a potential upside of 181.25%. As a group, “MACHINERY-ELEC” companies have a potential upside of 19.73%. Given Ideal Power’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ideal Power is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ideal Power and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Ideal Power $1.21 million -$10.34 million -1.50
Ideal Power Competitors $5.44 billion $456.46 million 13.52

Ideal Power’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Ideal Power. Ideal Power is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Ideal Power peers beat Ideal Power on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Ideal Power Company Profile

Ideal Power Inc. (Ideal Power) designs, markets and sells electrical power conversion products using its Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) technology. The Company’s PPSA is a power conversion technology that utilizes standardized hardware with application specific embedded software. It sells products to systems integrators for integration into their system, which enable end users to manage their electricity consumption by reducing demand charges or fossil fuel consumption, integrating renewable energy sources and form their own microgrid. It focuses on licensing PPSA-based product designs to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) within its target markets. Its products use multiple insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), which switch power in a direction, including direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), or AC to DC. The PPSA uses indirect power flow in which power flows through input switches, and is temporarily stored in its AC link inductor.

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