FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Renesola (NYSE:SOL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.4% of FuelCell Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.5% of Renesola shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of FuelCell Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares FuelCell Energy and Renesola’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FuelCell Energy -60.75% -44.42% -14.99%
Renesola -7.71% -81.60% -5.36%

Risk & Volatility

FuelCell Energy has a beta of 1.83, meaning that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Renesola has a beta of 2.24, meaning that its stock price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for FuelCell Energy and Renesola, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FuelCell Energy 0 3 1 0 2.25
Renesola 1 1 0 0 1.50

FuelCell Energy presently has a consensus price target of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 25.00%. Renesola has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 18.11%. Given FuelCell Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe FuelCell Energy is more favorable than Renesola.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares FuelCell Energy and Renesola’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FuelCell Energy $83.61 million 1.14 -$36.29 million ($1.51) -1.06
Renesola $825.75 million 0.06 $41.45 million ($3.17) -0.80

Renesola has higher revenue and earnings than FuelCell Energy. FuelCell Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Renesola, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

FuelCell Energy beats Renesola on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FuelCell Energy

Fuelcell Energy, Inc. delivers fuel cell power solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining fuel cell power solutions. The Company also provides turnkey power generation solutions to the customers, including power plant installation, operations and maintenance. The Company’s segment is fuel cell power plant production and research. The Company offers its services to various sectors, including utility companies, municipalities, universities, government entities and a range of industrial and commercial enterprises. The Company, by utilizing its Direct FuelCell (DFC) plants, is commercializing a tri-generation distributed hydrogen configuration that generates electricity, heat and hydrogen for industrial and/or transportation uses, as well as a fuel cell carbon capture solution for coal or gas-fired power plants. The Company is also developing and commercializing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) plants for sub-megawatt applications.

About Renesola

ReneSola Ltd is a holding company. The Company is a brand and technology provider of energy-efficient products based in China. The Company’s segments include wafer sales, cell and module sales, and solar power projects. The wafer sales segment involves the manufacture and sales of monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar wafers and processing services. The cell and module sales segment involves the manufacture and sales of solar cells and modules. The solar power projects segment involves sales of solar power projects and electricity generation revenue of certain project assets it owns and operates. The Company provides its customers with solar power products and processing services. It provides solar power products to a network of suppliers and customers, which includes manufacturers of solar cells and modules and distributors, installers and end users of solar modules. The Company manufactures solar-grade polysilicon, solar wafers, cells and modules.

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