Aixtron (OTCMKTS: AIXNY) and Power Solutions International (OTCMKTS:PSIX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aixtron and Power Solutions International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aixtron N/A N/A N/A ($0.22) -30.18
Power Solutions International $389.45 million 0.27 $14.27 million $0.93 8.39

Power Solutions International has higher revenue and earnings than Aixtron. Aixtron is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Power Solutions International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of Aixtron shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.8% of Power Solutions International shares are owned by institutional investors. 56.5% of Power Solutions International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Aixtron and Power Solutions International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aixtron -18.84% -13.14% -10.84%
Power Solutions International N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Aixtron has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Power Solutions International has a beta of 2.77, meaning that its stock price is 177% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Aixtron and Power Solutions International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aixtron 2 0 1 0 1.67
Power Solutions International 0 3 1 0 2.25

Power Solutions International has a consensus target price of $13.50, suggesting a potential upside of 73.08%. Given Power Solutions International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Power Solutions International is more favorable than Aixtron.

Summary

Power Solutions International beats Aixtron on 11 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aixtron Company Profile

AIXTRON SE is a provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company’s technology solutions are used by a range of customers across the world to build components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound, silicon or organic semiconductor materials. Such components are used in fiber optic communication systems, wireless and mobile telephony applications, optical and electronic storage devices, computing, signaling and lighting, displays, as well as a range of other technologies. The Company’s business activities include developing, producing and installing equipment for the deposition of semiconductor and other complex materials, process engineering, consulting and training, including ongoing customer support and after-sales service. The Company supplies its customers with both production-scale material deposition systems and small scale systems for research and development (R&D) or small scale production.

Power Solutions International Company Profile

Power Solutions International, Inc. is a producer and distributor of a range of low-emission power systems that run on non-diesel fuels, such as natural gas, propane and gasoline. The Company’s industrial power systems are used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in a range of industries with a diversified set of applications, including stationary electricity generators, oil and gas equipment, forklifts, aerial work platforms, industrial sweepers, arbor equipment, agricultural and turf equipment, aircraft ground support equipment, construction and irrigation equipment, and other industrial equipment. The Company provides alternative fuel power systems for OEMs of off-highway industrial equipment and on-road medium trucks and busses. In addition to its emission-certified power systems, the Company produces and distributes non-emission-certified power systems for industrial OEMs for particular applications in markets without emission standards.

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