Sypris Solutions (NASDAQ:SYPR) and Clearsign Combustion (NASDAQ:CLIR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Sypris Solutions and Clearsign Combustion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sypris Solutions -6.24% -38.43% -10.81%
Clearsign Combustion N/A -132.78% -106.28%

Risk & Volatility

Sypris Solutions has a beta of 0.17, meaning that its share price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearsign Combustion has a beta of -0.13, meaning that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.8% of Sypris Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.2% of Clearsign Combustion shares are owned by institutional investors. 50.9% of Sypris Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Clearsign Combustion shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Sypris Solutions and Clearsign Combustion, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sypris Solutions 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clearsign Combustion 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sypris Solutions and Clearsign Combustion’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sypris Solutions $82.29 million 0.32 -$10.82 million N/A N/A
Clearsign Combustion $540,000.00 66.58 -$9.68 million N/A N/A

Clearsign Combustion has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Sypris Solutions.

Summary

Sypris Solutions beats Clearsign Combustion on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sypris Solutions Company Profile

Sypris Solutions, Inc. provides truck components, oil and gas pipeline components, and aerospace and defense electronics in the United States and Mexico. It operates through two segments, Sypris Technologies and Sypris Electronics. The Sypris Technologies segment supplies forged and machined components for the commercial vehicle, off highway vehicle, light truck, automotive, and energy markets. This segment produces drive train components, including axle shafts, transmission shafts, gear sets, steer axle forgings, and other components for automotive and truck manufacturers. It also provides value added operations for drive train assemblies; and manufactures energy-related products, such as pressurized closures, insulated joints, and other specialty products primarily for oil and gas pipelines and related energy markets. The Sypris Electronics segment offers electronic manufacturing services, including circuit card and full box build manufacturing, high reliability manufacturing, systems assembly and integration, design for manufacturability, and design to specification work for customers in the aerospace and defense electronics market. This segment provides circuit card assembly services for electronic sensors and systems, such as radar and targeting systems, tactical ground stations, navigation systems, weapons systems, and targeting and warning systems, as well as offers solutions for identity management, cryptographic key distribution, cyber analytics, and manufactured complex data storage systems. It also offers value added solutions, such as low-volume prototype assembly and high-volume turnkey manufacturing. In addition, the company provides engineering design and repair or inspection services. Sypris Solutions, Inc. sells engineered product lines under the Tube Turns brand name. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Clearsign Combustion Company Profile

ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops technologies to enhance emission and operational performance, energy efficiency, and overall cost-effectiveness of combustion systems in the United States. Its Duplex, Duplex Plug & Play, and Electrodynamic Combustion Control platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a range of markets, including energy, commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, and power industries. ClearSign Combustion Corporation was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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