Head-To-Head Contrast: Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) & 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 superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Maxwell Technologies and Atkore International Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 4 0 2.80
Atkore International Group 0 0 3 0 3.00

Maxwell Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.90%. Atkore International Group has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.32%. Given Atkore International Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Atkore International Group is more favorable than Maxwell Technologies.

Volatility and Risk

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.31, suggesting that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Atkore International Group 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.

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%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 1.59 -$43.12 million ($0.91) -6.11
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.80 $84.63 million $1.27 14.84

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.

Summary

Atkore International Group beats Maxwell Technologies on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Maxwell Technologies Company Profile

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.

Atkore International Group Company Profile

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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