Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) vs. Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock (SPB) Head-To-Head Contrast

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Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock (NYSE:SPB) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.6% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Maxwell Technologies does not pay a dividend. Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock pays out 30.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 1.65 -$43.12 million ($0.91) -6.23
Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock $5.01 billion 0.92 $295.80 million $5.46 15.27

Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock has higher revenue and earnings than Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Maxwell Technologies and Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 5 0 2.83
Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock 0 2 10 0 2.83

Maxwell Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 23.46%. Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock has a consensus price target of $128.09, suggesting a potential upside of 53.68%. Given Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock is more favorable than Maxwell Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -31.75% -29.38% -16.32%
Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock 8.25% 12.68% 3.10%

Summary

Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock beats Maxwell Technologies on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage and power delivery products worldwide. The company provides ultracapacitor cells, multi-cell packs, modules, and subsystems that provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in automotive, grid energy storage, wind, bus, industrial, and truck industries; and lithium-ion capacitors, which are energy storage devices designed to address various applications in the rail, grid, and industrial markets. It also offers CONDIS high-voltage capacitors, such as grading and coupling capacitors, electric voltage transformers, and metering products that are used to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications, including transport, distribution, and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. In addition, the company provides dry battery electrodes for use in electric vehicles. It markets and sells its products through direct and indirect sales channels to integrators and OEMs for use in a range of end products. The company was formerly known as Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. and changed its name to Maxwell Technologies, Inc. in 1996. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About Spectrum Brands, Inc. Common Stock

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes branded consumer products. Its Global Batteries & Appliances segment offers consumer batteries; personal care products, including electric shaving and grooming products, and hair care appliances and accessories; and small appliances, such as small kitchen and home appliances. The company's Hardware & Home Improvement segment provides hinges, security hardware products, screens and storm doors, garage doors, window hardware and floor protection products; knobs, levers, deadbolts, handle sets, and electronics; commercial doors, locks, and hardware products; and kitchen, bath, and shower faucets, as well as other plumbing products. Its Global Pet Supplies segment offers dog, cat, and small animal food and treats; clean-up and training aid products and accessories; pet health and grooming products; and aquariums and aquatic health supplies. The company's Home and Garden segment provides outdoor insect and weed control solutions, and animal repellents; household insecticides and pest controls; and personal use pesticides and insect repellent products. Its Global Auto Care segment offers protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products, and air fresheners and washes; automotive fuel and oil additives, and functional fluids; and do-it-yourself air conditioner recharge products, refrigerant and oil recharge kits, and sealants and accessories. The company sells its products through various trade channels, including retailers, wholesalers and distributors, hearing aid professionals, construction companies, and original equipment manufacturers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific regions. The company was founded in 1906 and is headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of HRG Group, Inc.

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