Contrasting American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC) and Itron (ITRI)

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) and Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American Superconductor Corporation and Itron’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Superconductor Corporation $70.77 million 1.32 -$21.56 million ($2.14) -2.28
Itron $1.98 billion 1.42 $221.70 million $0.80 91.00

Itron has higher revenue and earnings than American Superconductor Corporation. American Superconductor Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Itron, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares American Superconductor Corporation and Itron’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Superconductor Corporation -45.60% -54.39% -32.07%
Itron 1.60% 15.43% 6.32%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for American Superconductor Corporation and Itron, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Superconductor Corporation 0 1 5 0 2.83
Itron 0 2 6 0 2.75

American Superconductor Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $7.33, suggesting a potential upside of 50.27%. Itron has a consensus target price of $80.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.89%. Given American Superconductor Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Superconductor Corporation is more favorable than Itron.

Volatility & Risk

American Superconductor Corporation has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Itron has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

35.2% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.8% of Itron shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of American Superconductor Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Itron shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Itron beats American Superconductor Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American Superconductor Corporation

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is a provider of megawatt-scale solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Wind and Grid. Through the Company’s Windtec Solutions brand, the Wind business segment enables manufacturers to field wind turbines. Through the Company’s Gridtec Solutions, the Grid business segment enables electric utilities and renewable energy project developers to connect, transmit and distribute power. AMSC supplies power electronics and control systems, licenses its engineered wind turbine designs and provides customer support services to wind turbine manufacturers. The Company provides a range of power electronics and software-based control systems. AMSC provides transmission planning services that enable it to identify power grid congestion and other risks. The Company also sells grid interconnection solutions for wind farms and solar power plants, power quality systems, and transmission and distribution cable systems.

About Itron

Itron, Inc. (Itron) is a technology and service company. The Company provides solutions that measure, manage and analyze energy and water use. The Company operates through three segments: Electricity, Gas and Water. It provides a portfolio of products, solutions, software and services to electric, gas and water utility customers across the globe. It offers solutions that enable electric and natural gas utilities to build smart grids to manage assets. It offers a product portfolio, including standard meters and smart metering products, systems and services, for applications in the residential and commercial industrial markets for water and heat. The Company operates under the Itron brand across the world. Its Gas and Water manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world, while its Electricity manufacturing facilities are located in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and North America.

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