Global Power Equipment Group (OTCMKTS: GLPW) and Aixtron (OTCMKTS:AIXNY) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.2% of Global Power Equipment Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Aixtron shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Global Power Equipment Group shares are owned by company 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Power Equipment Group N/A N/A N/A
Aixtron -18.84% -13.14% -10.84%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Global Power Equipment Group and Aixtron’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Power Equipment Group $418.59 million 0.14 -$43.61 million ($2.52) -1.35
Aixtron N/A N/A N/A ($0.22) -30.18

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

Volatility & Risk

Global Power Equipment Group has a beta of 2.14, indicating that its stock price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aixtron has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Global Power Equipment Group and Aixtron, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Power Equipment Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aixtron 2 0 1 0 1.67

Summary

Global Power Equipment Group beats Aixtron on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Global Power Equipment Group

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.

About Aixtron

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.

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