Quinpario Acquisition (NASDAQ: JASN) and Global Power Equipment Group (OTCMKTS:GLPW) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Quinpario Acquisition and Global Power Equipment Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quinpario Acquisition -9.95% N/A -0.53%
Global Power Equipment Group N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

Quinpario Acquisition has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Power Equipment Group has a beta of 2.14, suggesting that its stock price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Quinpario Acquisition and Global Power Equipment Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quinpario Acquisition $705.52 million 0.08 -$66.87 million ($3.01) -0.74
Global Power Equipment Group $418.59 million 0.14 -$43.61 million ($2.52) -1.32

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Quinpario Acquisition and Global Power Equipment Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quinpario Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A
Global Power Equipment Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.4% of Quinpario Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.2% of Global Power Equipment Group shares are held by institutional investors. 20.0% of Quinpario Acquisition shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Global Power Equipment Group shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Global Power Equipment Group beats Quinpario Acquisition on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Quinpario Acquisition Company Profile

Jason Industries is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, including Assembled Products (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Janesville Acoustics (Southfield, Mich.), Metalex (Libertyville, Ill.), Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.), Osborn (Richmond, Indiana and Burgwald, Germany) and Sealeze (Richmond, Va.). All Jason companies utilize the Jason Business System, a collaborative manufacturing strategy applicable to a diverse group of companies that includes business principles and processes to ensure best-in-class results and collective strength. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 15 countries.

Global Power Equipment Group Company Profile

Global Power Equipment Group Inc. is a design, engineering and manufacturing company providing an array of equipment and services to the global power infrastructure, energy and process industries. The Products segment includes two primary product categories: Electrical Solutions, which provides custom-configured electrical houses and generator enclosures for various industries. The Services segment provides lifecycle maintenance, repair, on-site specialty support, outage management, construction and fabrication services for the power generation, industrial, chemical/petrochemical processing, and oil and gas industries. Its products portfolio span from auxiliary equipment for gas turbines to small, high alloy parts, such as seals, shims and brackets. It also offers a range of services that have been managing plant asset value, including general and specialty construction, maintenance and modification, and plant management support services.

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