Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (NASDAQ: HQCL) and JA Solar Holdings, Co. (NASDAQ:JASO) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.
Risk and Volatility
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a beta of 2.03, meaning that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, JA Solar Holdings, Co. has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
0.7% of Hanwha Q CELLS Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.0% of JA Solar Holdings, Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and JA Solar Holdings, Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Hanwha Q CELLS Co.||2.30%||11.55%||2.26%|
|JA Solar Holdings, Co.||2.89%||7.90%||2.61%|
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and JA Solar Holdings, Co., as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Hanwha Q CELLS Co.||1||1||0||0||1.50|
|JA Solar Holdings, Co.||1||2||0||0||1.67|
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.28%. JA Solar Holdings, Co. has a consensus target price of $6.33, indicating a potential downside of 22.67%. Given Hanwha Q CELLS Co.’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Hanwha Q CELLS Co. is more favorable than JA Solar Holdings, Co..
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Hanwha Q CELLS Co. and JA Solar Holdings, Co.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Hanwha Q CELLS Co.||$2.28 billion||0.28||$200.30 million||$0.62||12.18|
|JA Solar Holdings, Co.||$2.67 billion||0.15||$245.30 million||$1.56||5.25|
JA Solar Holdings, Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Hanwha Q CELLS Co.. JA Solar Holdings, Co. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hanwha Q CELLS Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
JA Solar Holdings, Co. beats Hanwha Q CELLS Co. on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Hanwha Q CELLS Co.
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., formerly Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., is a global solar energy company engaged in the manufacturing of solar modules, and the development and management of downstream solar farms. It manufactures a range of photo voltaic (PV) cells and PV modules at its manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia using manufacturing process technologies, including those developed at its research and development facilities in Germany. It also engages in PV downstream businesses, which include developing solar power projects and providing engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and management services. It develops and builds solar power projects incorporating its PV modules to sells them to third-party purchasers upon completion. Its principal products include PV modules, PV cells, silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It sells a range of PV modules, ranging from 250 watts to 340 watts in power output specification.
About JA Solar Holdings, Co.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a holding company. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells solar power products that convert sunlight into electricity for a range of uses. The Company is engaged in manufacturing and selling solar modules, as well as silicon wafer manufacturing. The Company operates through two segments, including manufacturing and solar projects. The manufacturing segment includes design, development and manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) products. The solar projects segment includes downstream solar projects, which are involved in electricity generation. The Company’s principal products consist of both monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cells and solar modules. The Company sells its products primarily under JA Solar brand name, and also produces original equipment for manufacturers or customers. The Company is also engaged in the provision of solar product processing services and project development services.
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