Head to Head Contrast: SunPower (SPWR) vs. BioSolar (BSRC)

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SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) and BioSolar (OTCMKTS:BSRC) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for SunPower and BioSolar, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunPower 2 5 0 0 1.71
BioSolar 0 0 0 0 N/A

SunPower currently has a consensus target price of $7.29, suggesting a potential upside of 13.48%. Given SunPower’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SunPower is more favorable than BioSolar.

Profitability

This table compares SunPower and BioSolar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunPower -46.99% -83.67% -4.06%
BioSolar N/A -44.90% 4,175.63%

Volatility & Risk

SunPower has a beta of 2.3, suggesting that its stock price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BioSolar has a beta of -2.52, suggesting that its stock price is 352% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SunPower and BioSolar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunPower $1.73 billion 0.52 -$811.09 million ($0.88) -7.27
BioSolar N/A N/A -$2.78 million N/A N/A

BioSolar has lower revenue, but higher earnings than SunPower.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.8% of SunPower shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of SunPower shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About SunPower

SunPower Corporation researches, develops, manufactures, and delivers solar solutions worldwide. It operates through three segments: Residential, Commercial, and Power Plant. The company provides solar power components, including panels and system components, primarily to dealers, system integrators, and distributors. It also offers commercial rooftop and ground-mounted solar power systems, and residential mounting systems. In addition, the company provides post-installation operations and maintenance services. Further, it leases solar power systems to residential customers; and sells inverters manufactured by third parties. The company also serves investors, financial institutions, project developers, electric utilities, independent power producers, commercial and governmental entities, production home builders, residential owners, and small commercial building owners. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. SunPower Corporation is a subsidiary of Total Solar International SAS.

About BioSolar

BioSolar, Inc. develops technologies and materials for storing electrical energy produced by photovoltaic solar modules. It offers BioBacksheet, a green back sheet for photovoltaic solar modules. The company also focuses on developing silicon alloy based anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. It plans to engage with lithium-ion battery manufacturers and identify licensing partners in the electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and grid electrical storage industries to market its products. The company was formerly known as BioSolar Labs, Inc. and changed its name to BioSolar, Inc. in June 2006. BioSolar, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clarita, California.

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