Greenkraft (OTCMKTS:GKIT) and Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Greenkraft and Spartan Motors’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Greenkraft $1.15 million 2.41 -$1.03 million N/A N/A
Spartan Motors $816.16 million 0.39 $15.01 million $0.48 18.94

Spartan Motors has higher revenue and earnings than Greenkraft.

Dividends

Spartan Motors pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Greenkraft does not pay a dividend. Spartan Motors pays out 20.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Greenkraft and Spartan Motors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greenkraft -49.15% N/A -20.57%
Spartan Motors 1.39% 8.21% 4.26%

Risk & Volatility

Greenkraft has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spartan Motors has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.7% of Spartan Motors shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Spartan Motors shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Greenkraft and Spartan Motors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greenkraft 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spartan Motors 0 0 2 0 3.00

Spartan Motors has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.01%. Given Spartan Motors’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Spartan Motors is more favorable than Greenkraft.

Summary

Spartan Motors beats Greenkraft on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Greenkraft Company Profile

Greenkraft, Inc. manufactures and distributes automotive products for distribution companies, dealers, and others in the United States. The company offers commercial forward cabin trucks that run on alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas or liquefied propane gas. It also manufactures and sells alternative fuel systems; and converts petroleum-based fuel vehicles to run on alternative fuels, such as CNG or LPG. The company has strategic partnership with CEE, LLC and G&K Automotive Conversion Inc. for research and development activities, as well as to test its engines prior to applying for the CARB and EPA certifications. Greenkraft, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

Spartan Motors Company Profile

Spartan Motors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engineers, manufactures, assembles, and sells specialty and heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, Canada, South America, and Asia. It operates through three segments: Fleet Vehicles and Services, Emergency Response Vehicles, and Specialty Chassis and Vehicles. The Fleet Vehicles and Services segment provides walk-in vans, cutaway vans, truck bodies, and parts and accessories for use in e-commerce/last mile/parcel delivery, beverage and grocery delivery, mobile retail, and trades and construction industries under the Aeromaster, Velocity, Ultimate, Trademaster, Metromaster, Utilivan, Spartan Upfit Services, and Reach brands. This segment also installs specialty interior and exterior up-fit equipment for walk-in vans, truck bodies, and passenger vans under Specialty Up-fit name; and distributes related aftermarket parts and accessories. The Emergency Response Vehicles segment provides emergency response cabs and chassis, pumpers, aerial ladder components for fire trucks, rescue equipment, tankers, and parts and accessories under the Spartan, Smeal, Ladder Tower, and UST brands, as well as offers body, aerial, pump, drivetrain, and chassis repair and maintenance services. The Specialty Chassis and Vehicles segment offers motor home chassis; and defense and specialty chassis and vehicles, as well as provides related aftermarket parts and accessories, and maintenance and repair services. This segment also offers assembly services for Isuzu N-gas and F-series chassis. The company sells its products through a network of independent truck dealers, original equipment manufacturers, dealer distributors, leasing companies, and municipalities and other governmental entities, as well as to commercial and individual end users. Spartan Motors, Inc. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Charlotte, Michigan.

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