Ideal Power (IPWR) and Plug Power (PLUG) Head-To-Head Review

Ideal Power (NASDAQ: IPWR) and Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ideal Power and Plug Power’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ideal Power $1.21 million 14.46 -$10.43 million ($0.78) -1.60
Plug Power $103.26 million 4.14 -$127.08 million ($0.60) -3.12



Ideal Power has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Plug Power. Plug Power is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ideal Power, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

12.5% of Ideal Power shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.6% of Plug Power shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.0% of Ideal Power shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Plug Power shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ideal Power and Plug Power, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ideal Power 0 2 2 0 2.50
Plug Power 1 0 7 0 2.75

Ideal Power presently has a consensus price target of $3.38, suggesting a potential upside of 170.00%. Plug Power has a consensus price target of $3.60, suggesting a potential upside of 92.51%. Given Ideal Power’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Ideal Power is more favorable than Plug Power.

Profitability

This table compares Ideal Power and Plug Power’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ideal Power -852.02% -71.09% -62.90%
Plug Power -96.94% -93.76% -30.37%

Volatility and Risk

Ideal Power has a beta of 1.11, indicating that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plug Power has a beta of 1.49, indicating that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Plug Power beats Ideal Power on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ideal Power

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.

About Plug Power

Plug Power Inc., an alternative energy technology provider, engages in the design, development, commercialization, and manufacture of hydrogen and fuel cell systems for the material handling and stationary power markets primarily in North America and Europe. It focuses on proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and fuel processing technologies, fuel cell/battery hybrid technologies, and related hydrogen storage and dispensing infrastructure. The company offers GenDrive, a hydrogen fueled PEM fuel cell system that provides power to material handling electric vehicles; GenFuel, a hydrogen fueling delivery, generation, storage, and dispensing systems; GenCare, which is an ongoing maintenance program for GenDrive fuel cells, GenSure products, GenFuel products, and ProGen engines; and GenSure, a stationary fuel cell solution that provides scalable modular PEM fuel cell power to support the backup and grid-support power requirements of the telecommunications, transportation, and utility sectors. It also provides GenKey, a turn-key solution for transitioning to fuel cell power; ProGen, a fuel cell stack and engine technology that is used in mobility and stationary fuel cell systems, and as engines in electric delivery vans; and GenFund, which offers financing solutions to customers. The company offers its products to distribution and manufacturing businesses, and government agencies through direct product sales force, original equipment manufacturers, and dealer networks. Plug Power Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Latham, New York.

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