Critical Contrast: China Sunergy (CSUNY) and SunPower (SPWR)

China Sunergy (OTCMKTS:CSUNY) and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

China Sunergy has a beta of 4.71, indicating that its share price is 371% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunPower has a beta of 2.3, indicating that its share price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500.



Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for China Sunergy and SunPower, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Sunergy 0 0 0 0 N/A
SunPower 2 4 0 0 1.67

SunPower has a consensus target price of $7.17, suggesting a potential upside of 16.72%. Given SunPower’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SunPower is more favorable than China Sunergy.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Sunergy N/A N/A N/A
SunPower -46.99% -83.67% -4.06%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.6% of SunPower shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of SunPower shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Sunergy and SunPower’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Sunergy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
SunPower $1.73 billion 0.50 -$811.09 million ($0.88) -6.98

China Sunergy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SunPower.

About China Sunergy

China Sunergy Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets solar cells and modules in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon solar cells; and standard P-type solar cells, HP solar cells, and emitter cells, as well as solar modules for use in a range of residential, commercial, industrial, and other solar power generation systems. It also invests in, develops, and operates solar power projects. The company sells its products to system integrators, solar power project developers, and solar power product distributors under the CSUN brand name, as well as on an original equipment manufacturing basis. China Sunergy Co., Ltd. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Nanjing, the People's Republic of China.

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.

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