Analyzing Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) and Trina Solar Limited (TSL)

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) and Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Ballard Power Systems has a beta of 2.58, meaning that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Trina Solar Limited has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ballard Power Systems and Trina Solar Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ballard Power Systems 0 2 2 0 2.50
Trina Solar Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00

Ballard Power Systems presently has a consensus target price of $4.88, suggesting a potential downside of 9.39%. Given Ballard Power Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ballard Power Systems is more favorable than Trina Solar Limited.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ballard Power Systems and Trina Solar Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ballard Power Systems $100.50 million 9.44 -$2.14 million ($0.07) -76.85
Trina Solar Limited N/A N/A N/A $1.43 8.07

Trina Solar Limited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ballard Power Systems. Ballard Power Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Trina Solar Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.8% of Ballard Power Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.4% of Trina Solar Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ballard Power Systems and Trina Solar Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ballard Power Systems -9.34% -6.74% -4.46%
Trina Solar Limited 3.48% N/A N/A

Ballard Power Systems Company Profile

Ballard Power Systems Inc. is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, sale and service of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for a range of applications, focusing on the power product markets of heavy-duty motive (consisting of bus and tram applications), portable power, material handling and backup power, as well as the delivery of technology solutions, including engineering services, technology transfer and the license and sale of its intellectual property portfolio and fundamental knowledge for a range of fuel cell applications. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided products in four product classes, such as Fuel cell stacks, Fuel cell modules, Fuel cell systems and Power management systems. The Company provides FCgen and FCveloCity fuel cell stacks to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and system integrators that use the stacks to produce fuel cell systems for power solutions.

Trina Solar Limited Company Profile

Trina Solar Limited is an integrated solar power products manufacturer and solar system developer based in China with a global distribution network. The Company has integrated the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its photovoltaic (PV) module production. Its PV modules provide electric power for residential, commercial, industrial and other applications. It also develops, designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects that primarily use the solar modules it manufactures. It operates through two segments: manufacturing segment and the solar power projects segment. The manufacturing segment designs, develops, manufactures and sells PV modules, and integrates the manufacturing of ingots, wafers and solar cells for use in its PV module production. The solar power projects segment designs, constructs, operates and sells solar power projects in China, the United Kingdom, the United States and other European and Asian countries.

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