Contrasting Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH) & Sunworks (SUNW)

Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) and Sunworks (NASDAQ:SUNW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.7% of Enphase Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of Sunworks shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.4% of Enphase Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Sunworks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Enphase Energy and Sunworks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enphase Energy -21.81% -1,232.10% -30.49%
Sunworks -15.47% -53.89% -27.77%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Enphase Energy and Sunworks’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enphase Energy $313.22 million 0.22 -$44.98 million ($1.05) -0.78
Sunworks $81.34 million 0.47 -$10.35 million N/A N/A

Sunworks has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Enphase Energy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Enphase Energy and Sunworks, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enphase Energy 0 3 3 0 2.50
Sunworks 0 2 1 0 2.33

Enphase Energy currently has a consensus price target of $2.10, indicating a potential upside of 156.57%. Sunworks has a consensus price target of $2.75, indicating a potential upside of 61.76%. Given Enphase Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Enphase Energy is more favorable than Sunworks.

Volatility & Risk

Enphase Energy has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunworks has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Enphase Energy Company Profile

Enphase Energy, Inc. is a provider of energy management solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and selling microinverter systems for the solar photovoltaic industry. Its semiconductor-based microinverter system converts direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity. Its microinverter system consists of three components: Enphase microinverters, an Envoy gateway and Enlighten cloud-based software. Its Enphase microinverters provide power conversion at the individual solar module level by a digital architecture that incorporates custom application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), specialized power electronics devices, and an embedded software subsystem. Envoy bi-directional communications gateway provides collecting and sending data to Enlighten software. Enlighten cloud-based software provides the capabilities to remotely monitor, manage, and maintain an individual system or a fleet of systems.

Sunworks Company Profile

Sunworks, Inc., formerly Solar3D, Inc., provides photo voltaic (PV) based power systems for the residential, commercial and agricultural markets in California and Nevada. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, designs, arranges financing, integrates, installs and manages systems ranging in size from 2 kilowatt (KW) for residential loads to multi megawatts (MW) systems for larger commercial projects. The Company’s commercial installations include office buildings, manufacturing plants, warehouses and agricultural facilities, such as farms, wineries and dairies. The Company provides a range of installation services to its solar energy customers, including design, system engineering, procurement, permitting, construction, grid connection, warranty, system monitoring and maintenance. The Company has installed over 850 systems in California and Nevada.

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