Analyzing Sunworks (NASDAQ:SUNW) & Plantronics (PLT)

Sunworks (NASDAQ: SUNW) and Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.0% of Sunworks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of Plantronics shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.4% of Sunworks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Plantronics shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sunworks and Plantronics, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunworks 0 1 2 0 2.67
Plantronics 0 1 3 0 2.75

Sunworks presently has a consensus price target of $2.67, indicating a potential upside of 127.92%. Plantronics has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.78%. Given Sunworks’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Sunworks is more favorable than Plantronics.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sunworks and Plantronics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunworks $77.45 million 0.39 -$7.22 million ($0.32) -3.66
Plantronics $856.90 million 4.00 -$860,000.00 $2.71 25.68

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

Volatility & Risk

Sunworks has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plantronics has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Plantronics pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Sunworks does not pay a dividend. Plantronics pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunworks -7.91% -36.10% -15.29%
Plantronics -0.10% 24.88% 8.78%


Plantronics beats Sunworks on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sunworks Company Profile

Sunworks, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides photo voltaic based power systems for the agricultural, commercial, industrial, and residential markets in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, the United States. The company also designs, arranges, finances, integrates, installs, and manages systems ranging in size from 2 kilowatt for residential loads to multi megawatt systems for larger commercial projects. In addition, it offers a range of installation services, including design, system engineering, procurement, permitting, construction, grid connection, warranty, system monitoring, and maintenance services to its solar energy customers. The company was formerly known as Solar3D, Inc. and changed its name to Sunworks, Inc. in March 2016. Sunworks, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Roseville, California.

Plantronics Company Profile

Plantronics, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets lightweight communications headsets, telephone headset systems, other communication endpoints, and accessories for the business and consumer markets under the Plantronics brand worldwide. The company also manufactures and markets specialty telephone products under the Clarity brand. Its primary products include corded and cordless communication headsets; audio processors; telephone systems; Bluetooth and corded products; personal computer and gaming headsets; and specialty products for hearing impaired individuals. The company designs its products for various markets and applications, such as offices and homes, contact centers, mobile phones and smartphones, tablets, computer and gaming, residential, and other specialty applications. Plantronics, Inc. sells its products through a network of distributors, retailers, wireless carriers, original equipment manufacturers, and telephony and other service providers. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California.

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