Orbotech (NASDAQ: ORBK) and Polar Power (NASDAQ:POLA) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Orbotech and Polar Power’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orbotech $806.40 million 2.92 $79.43 million $2.10 23.37
Polar Power $22.80 million 2.30 $4.40 million N/A N/A

Orbotech has higher revenue and earnings than Polar Power.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Orbotech and Polar Power, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orbotech 0 1 7 0 2.88
Polar Power 0 0 1 0 3.00

Orbotech presently has a consensus target price of $44.50, suggesting a potential downside of 9.33%. Polar Power has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.40%. Given Polar Power’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Polar Power is more favorable than Orbotech.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orbotech 11.89% 16.07% 11.17%
Polar Power N/A 19.35% 16.54%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.1% of Orbotech shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Polar Power shares are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of Orbotech shares are held 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.

Summary

Orbotech beats Polar Power on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Orbotech

Orbotech Ltd. is a supplier of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Company provides cutting-edge solutions for use in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs), flat panel displays (FPDs) and semiconductor devices (SDs). The Company’s segments include Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry, Solar Energy and Recognition Software. The Production Solutions for the Electronics Industry segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of yield-enhancing and process-enabling solutions for the manufacture of electronics products. The Solar Energy segment is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of solar photovoltaic energy systems that produce electricity directly from sunlight. The Recognition Software segment is engaged in the development and marketing of check processing and healthcare payment automation solutions.

About Polar Power

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.

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