Analyzing Atkore International Group (ATKR) and FuelCell Energy (FCEL)

FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Atkore International Group (NYSE:ATKR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

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FuelCell Energy has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atkore International Group has a beta of 1.61, suggesting that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares FuelCell Energy and Atkore International Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FuelCell Energy $95.67 million 1.75 -$53.90 million ($1.11) -1.85
Atkore International Group $1.50 billion 0.80 $84.63 million $1.27 14.94

Atkore International Group has higher revenue and earnings than FuelCell Energy. FuelCell Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atkore International Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.6% of FuelCell Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.3% of Atkore International Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of FuelCell Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 51.0% of Atkore International Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for FuelCell Energy and Atkore International Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FuelCell Energy 0 2 5 0 2.71
Atkore International Group 0 1 3 0 2.75

FuelCell Energy presently has a consensus target price of $3.70, indicating a potential upside of 80.47%. Atkore International Group has a consensus target price of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 25.20%. Given FuelCell Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe FuelCell Energy is more favorable than Atkore International Group.

Profitability

This table compares FuelCell Energy and Atkore International Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FuelCell Energy -37.86% -46.40% -13.59%
Atkore International Group 5.97% 26.99% 8.34%

Summary

Atkore International Group beats FuelCell Energy on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

FuelCell Energy Company Profile

Fuelcell Energy, Inc. delivers fuel cell power solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining fuel cell power solutions. The Company also provides turnkey power generation solutions to the customers, including power plant installation, operations and maintenance. The Company’s segment is fuel cell power plant production and research. The Company offers its services to various sectors, including utility companies, municipalities, universities, government entities and a range of industrial and commercial enterprises. The Company, by utilizing its Direct FuelCell (DFC) plants, is commercializing a tri-generation distributed hydrogen configuration that generates electricity, heat and hydrogen for industrial and/or transportation uses, as well as a fuel cell carbon capture solution for coal or gas-fired power plants. The Company is also developing and commercializing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) plants for sub-megawatt applications.

Atkore International Group Company Profile

Atkore International Group Inc. manufactures and distributes electrical raceway products in the United States and internationally. The company's electrical raceway products include electrical conduits and fittings, armored cable and fittings, cable trays and mounting systems, and fittings for the non-residential construction, renovation markets, and mechanical products and solutions (MP&S) for the construction, and industrial markets. It also offers MP&S products comprising metal framing and fittings, mechanical pipes, flexible sprinkler drops, and barbed tapes, as well as construction services for the construction and industrial markets. The company offers its products under the Allied Tube & Conduit, AFC Cable Systems, Heritage Plastics, Unistrut, Power-Strut, and Cope and Calpipe, as well as other sub-brands. Atkore International Group Inc. serves a group of end markets, including new construction; maintenance, repair, and remodel, as well as infrastructure; diversified industrials; alternative power generation; healthcare; data centers; and government through electrical, industrial, and specialty distributors, as well as original equipment manufacturers. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Harvey, Illinois.

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