Reviewing Trina Solar Limited (TSL) and Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (HQCL)

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) and Hanwha Q CELLS Co. (NASDAQ:HQCL) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Trina Solar Limited has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a beta of 2.03, meaning that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Trina Solar Limited and Hanwha Q CELLS Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Trina Solar Limited 3.48% N/A N/A
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 2.30% 11.55% 2.26%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Trina Solar Limited and Hanwha Q CELLS Co., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Trina Solar Limited 1 0 0 0 1.00
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. 1 1 0 0 1.50

Trina Solar Limited currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.98%. Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.28%. Given Trina Solar Limited’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Trina Solar Limited is more favorable than Hanwha Q CELLS Co..

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Trina Solar Limited and Hanwha Q CELLS Co.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Trina Solar Limited N/A N/A N/A $1.43 8.07
Hanwha Q CELLS Co. $2.28 billion 0.28 $200.30 million $0.62 12.18

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Trina Solar Limited. Trina Solar Limited 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

61.4% of Trina Solar Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.7% of Hanwha Q CELLS Co. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Hanwha Q CELLS Co. beats Trina Solar Limited on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Trina Solar Limited

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.

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.

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