Polar Power (NASDAQ: POLA) and Hubbell (NYSE:HUBB) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Polar Power and Hubbell, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Polar Power 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hubbell 0 3 1 0 2.25

Polar Power presently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 66.27%. Hubbell has a consensus price target of $121.50, indicating a potential upside of 5.32%. Given Polar Power’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Polar Power is more favorable than Hubbell.

Dividends

Hubbell pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Polar Power does not pay a dividend. Hubbell pays out 53.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Polar Power and Hubbell’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Polar Power N/A N/A N/A
Hubbell 8.23% 19.77% 8.97%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Polar Power and Hubbell’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Polar Power $24.38 million 1.75 $7.64 million N/A N/A
Hubbell $3.56 billion 1.77 $606.70 million $5.28 21.85

Hubbell has higher revenue and earnings than Polar Power.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.7% of Polar Power shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.4% of Hubbell shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Hubbell shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Hubbell beats Polar Power on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Polar Power Company Profile

Polar Power, Inc. is engaged in designing, manufacturing and selling direct current (DC) power systems for applications primarily in the telecommunications, military, electric vehicle charging, cogeneration, distributed power and uninterruptable power supply markets. Within the telecommunications market, the Company’s DC power systems provide DC power to service applications that do not have access to the utility grid (such as off-grid applications) or have critical power needs and cannot be without power in the event of utility grid failure (such as back-up power applications). Its product offerings include DC base power systems, DC hybrid power systems and DC solar hybrid power systems. The Company’s technologies include Permanent Magnet Homopolar Hybrid (PMHH) Technology and Supra Controller Technology. Its power and control system architecture is controlled by its digital control system, Supra Controller, which contains software configured to meet specific application needs.

Hubbell Company Profile

Hubbell Incorporated is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of electrical and electronic products for a range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. The Company’s segments include Electrical and the Power. The Electrical segment consists of businesses that sell stock and custom products, including standard and special application wiring device products, rough-in electrical products, lighting fixtures and controls, components and assemblies for the natural gas distribution market, as well as other electrical equipment. In addition, certain businesses design and manufacture a range of high voltage test and measurement equipment, industrial controls and communication systems used in the non-residential and industrial markets. The Power segment consists of operations that design and manufacture various distribution, transmission, substation and telecommunications products primarily used by the electrical utility industry.

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