SmartHeat (OTCMKTS:HEAT) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares SmartHeat and Vivint Solar’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vivint Solar||$268.03 million||2.57||$209.09 million||($1.58)||-3.68|
Vivint Solar has higher revenue and earnings than SmartHeat.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SmartHeat and Vivint Solar, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Vivint Solar has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.27%.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
88.1% of Vivint Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of SmartHeat shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.2% of Vivint Solar shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares SmartHeat and Vivint Solar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Volatility & Risk
SmartHeat has a beta of 3.07, indicating that its stock price is 207% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vivint Solar has a beta of -0.38, indicating that its stock price is 138% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Vivint Solar beats SmartHeat on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
SmartHeat Company Profile
SmartHeat Inc. does not have significant operations. It intends to seek potential assets, property, or businesses to acquire, in a business combination, by reorganization, merger, or acquisition. Previously, it was engaged in the manufacture and sale of heat pumps for commercial and residential applications. The company was formerly known as Pacific Goldrim Resources, Inc. and changed its name to SmartHeat Inc. in April 2008. SmartHeat Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Shenyang, China.
Vivint Solar Company Profile
Vivint Solar, Inc. provides distributed solar energy to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Residential, and Commercial and Industrial. It owns and installs solar energy systems through long-term customer contracts. The company also sells photovoltaic installation products, as well as solar renewable energy certificates. As of December 31, 2017, it had an aggregate capacity of 864.9 megawatts covering approximately 126,800 homes in 21 states. The company was formerly known as V Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Vivint Solar, Inc. in April 2014. Vivint Solar, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Lehi, Utah.
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