Financial Contrast: JA Solar (JASO) vs. The Competition

JA Solar (NASDAQ: JASO) is one of 56 publicly-traded companies in the “ENERGY-ALT SRCS” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare JA Solar to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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33.0% of JA Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.7% of shares of all “ENERGY-ALT SRCS” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.5% of shares of all “ENERGY-ALT SRCS” companies are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for JA Solar and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JA Solar 1 2 0 0 1.67
JA Solar Competitors 419 1105 1372 81 2.37

JA Solar presently has a consensus target price of $6.33, suggesting a potential downside of 4.76%. As a group, “ENERGY-ALT SRCS” companies have a potential upside of 18.46%. Given JA Solar’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe JA Solar has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

JA Solar has a beta of 1, indicating that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, JA Solar’s competitors have a beta of 1.37, indicating that their average share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares JA Solar and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
JA Solar $2.27 billion $102.89 million 4.32
JA Solar Competitors $903.41 million $11.39 million 1.76

JA Solar has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. JA Solar is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares JA Solar and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JA Solar 2.84% 7.73% 2.52%
JA Solar Competitors -180.63% -61.30% -10.43%

Summary

JA Solar competitors beat JA Solar on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

JA Solar Company Profile

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells solar power products based on crystalline silicon technologies. The company's principal products include monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cells and modules. It also provides monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon wafers; solar product processing services; and solar power plant project development and electricity generation services. The company sells its products primarily under the JA Solar brand name, as well as produces original equipment for manufacturers or customers under their brand names. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. sells its solar cell and module products to module manufacturers, system integrators, project developers, and distributors worldwide. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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