Analyzing Ocean Power Technologies (OPTT) and Black Hills (BKH)

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Ocean Power Technologies (NASDAQ:OPTT) and Black Hills (NYSE:BKH) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Ocean Power Technologies has a beta of 3.57, meaning that its share price is 257% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Black Hills has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Black Hills pays an annual dividend of $2.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Ocean Power Technologies does not pay a dividend. Black Hills pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Black Hills has increased its dividend for 49 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ocean Power Technologies and Black Hills’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ocean Power Technologies $510,000.00 9.56 -$10.15 million N/A N/A
Black Hills $1.75 billion 2.49 $258.44 million $3.54 20.53

Black Hills has higher revenue and earnings than Ocean Power Technologies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.5% of Ocean Power Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.6% of Black Hills shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Ocean Power Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Black Hills 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 Ocean Power Technologies and Black Hills’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ocean Power Technologies -1,962.84% -232.57% -147.80%
Black Hills 14.73% 9.75% 2.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ocean Power Technologies and Black Hills, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ocean Power Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A
Black Hills 1 6 0 0 1.86

Black Hills has a consensus target price of $63.33, indicating a potential downside of 12.87%. Given Black Hills’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Black Hills is more favorable than Ocean Power Technologies.

Summary

Black Hills beats Ocean Power Technologies on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ocean Power Technologies

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers PowerBuoy system that generates power for use independent of the power grid in remote offshore locations. The company focuses on serving public and private entities, and agencies that require remote offshore power. Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

About Black Hills

Black Hills Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a vertically-integrated utility company in the United States. The company's Electric Utilities segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to approximately 210,000 electric customers in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. This segment owns 941 megawatts of generation capacity and 8,839 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. Its Gas Utilities segment distributes natural gas to approximately 1,042,000 natural gas utility customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming. This segment owns 4,656 miles of intrastate gas transmission pipelines and 40,455 miles of gas distribution mains and service lines; 7 natural gas storage sites; and approximately 45,000 horsepower of compression and 600 miles of gathering lines. The company's Power Generation segment produces electric power and sells the electric capacity and energy primarily to its utilities under long-term contracts. Its Mining segment produces coal at its coal mine located near Gillette, Wyoming and sells the coal to electric generation facilities. The company also provides appliance repair services to approximately 63,000 residential customers; and constructs and maintains gas infrastructure facilities and electrical systems for gas transportation and electric utilities customers. Black Hills Corporation was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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