SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWRA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.8% of SunPower Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of SunPower Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for SunPower Corporation and SunPower, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SunPower Corporation 0 11 3 0 2.21
SunPower 0 0 0 0 N/A

SunPower Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $9.38, suggesting a potential upside of 9.24%. Given SunPower Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe SunPower Corporation is more favorable than SunPower.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SunPower Corporation and SunPower’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SunPower Corporation $2.49 billion 0.48 -$24.89 million ($3.92) -2.19
SunPower N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SunPower has higher revenue, but lower earnings than SunPower Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares SunPower Corporation and SunPower’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SunPower Corporation -21.84% -12.56% -2.88%
SunPower -35.05% -47.78% -10.93%

Summary

SunPower Corporation beats SunPower on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SunPower Corporation

SunPower Corporation is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Company’s segments include Residential Segment, Commercial Segment and Power Plant Segment. The Residential and Commercial Segments combined are referred to as Distributed Generation. The Company offers solar module technology and solar power systems that are designed to generate electricity over a system life over 25 years; Integrated Smart Energy software solutions that enable customers to manage and optimize the cooperation center of excellence (CCOE) measurement; Installation, construction, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring services; and financing solutions that provide customers a range of options for purchasing or leasing solar products at competitive energy rates. The Company offers a set of residential solutions that deliver value to homeowners and its dealer partners.

About SunPower

SunPower Corporation is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Company’s segments include Residential Segment, Commercial Segment and Power Plant Segment. The Residential and Commercial Segments combined are referred to as Distributed Generation. The Company offers solar module technology and solar power systems that are designed to generate electricity over a system life over 25 years; Integrated Smart Energy software solutions that enable customers to manage and optimize the cooperation center of excellence (CCOE) measurement; Installation, construction, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring services; and financing solutions that provide customers a range of options for purchasing or leasing solar products at competitive energy rates. The Company offers a set of residential solutions that deliver value to homeowners and its dealer partners.

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