Workhorse Group (NASDAQ:WKHS) & Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Head to Head Survey

Workhorse Group (NASDAQ:WKHS) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

21.4% of Workhorse Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of Tesla shares are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of Workhorse Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.0% of Tesla shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Workhorse Group has a beta of 2.8, meaning that its share price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tesla has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Workhorse Group and Tesla, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Workhorse Group 1 1 5 0 2.57
Tesla 11 12 10 1 2.03

Workhorse Group currently has a consensus price target of $18.83, suggesting a potential downside of 26.95%. Tesla has a consensus price target of $262.07, suggesting a potential downside of 46.47%. Given Workhorse Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Workhorse Group is more favorable than Tesla.

Profitability

This table compares Workhorse Group and Tesla’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Workhorse Group -75,089.62% N/A -33.07%
Tesla 1.43% 4.19% 1.03%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Workhorse Group and Tesla’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Workhorse Group $380,000.00 8,176.94 -$37.16 million ($0.07) -368.29
Tesla $24.58 billion 18.88 -$862.00 million ($0.98) -499.60

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

Summary

Tesla beats Workhorse Group on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Workhorse Group Company Profile

Workhorse Group Inc., a technology company, designs, manufactures, builds, and sells battery-electric vehicles and aircraft in the United States. The company also develops cloud-based and real-time telematics performance monitoring systems that enable fleet operators to optimize energy and route efficiency. Its products medium-duty trucks under the Workhorse brand; and HorseFly delivery drones systems. The company was formerly known as AMP Holding Inc. and changed its name to Workhorse Group Inc. in April 2015. Workhorse Group Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Loveland, Ohio.

Tesla Company Profile

Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, leases, and sells electric vehicles, and energy generation and storage systems in the United States, China, Netherlands, Norway, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Automotive; and Energy Generation and Storage. The Automotive segment offers sedans and sport utility vehicles. It also provides electric powertrain components and systems; and services for electric vehicles through its company-owned service locations, and Tesla mobile service technicians, as well as sells used vehicles. This segment markets and sells its products through a network of company-owned stores and galleries, as well as through its own Website. The Energy Generation and Storage segment offers energy storage products, such as rechargeable lithium-ion battery systems for use in homes, industrial, commercial facilities, and utility grids; and designs, manufactures, installs, maintains, leases, and sells solar energy generation and energy storage products to residential and commercial customers. It also provides vehicle insurance services, as well as renewable energy. The company was formerly known as Tesla Motors, Inc. and changed its name to Tesla, Inc. in February 2017. Tesla, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

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