Head-To-Head Contrast: Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (BW) vs. Vivint Solar (VSLR)

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (NYSE: BW) and Vivint Solar (NYSE:VSLR) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

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This table compares Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises and Vivint Solar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises -24.38% -53.87% -13.38%
Vivint Solar 78.01% -24.76% -7.60%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises and Vivint Solar, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises 1 3 0 0 1.75
Vivint Solar 0 3 2 0 2.40

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises presently has a consensus price target of $5.17, suggesting a potential upside of 109.18%. Vivint Solar has a consensus price target of $5.40, suggesting a potential upside of 36.71%. Given Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises is more favorable than Vivint Solar.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises and Vivint Solar’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises $1.56 billion 0.07 -$379.82 million ($4.00) -0.62
Vivint Solar $268.03 million 1.69 $209.09 million ($1.58) -2.50

Vivint Solar has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises. Vivint Solar is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises has a beta of 1.83, suggesting that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vivint Solar has a beta of -0.52, suggesting that its share price is 152% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.2% of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.8% of Vivint Solar shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Vivint Solar shares are held by insiders. 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.

Summary

Vivint Solar beats Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Company Profile

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. is a technology-based provider of fossil and renewable power generation and environmental equipment that includes a suite of boiler products and environmental systems, and services for power and industrial uses. The Company operates in three segments: Power, Renewable and Industrial. Through its Power segment, the Company provides the supply of and aftermarket services for steam-generating, environmental, and auxiliary equipment for power generation and other industrial applications. The Renewable segment provides steam-generating systems, environmental and auxiliary equipment for the waste-to-energy and biomass power generation industries, and plant operations and maintenance services for its systems and equipment. The Industrial segment focuses on custom-engineered cooling, environmental, noise abatement and industrial equipment along with related aftermarket services.

Vivint Solar Company Profile

Vivint Solar, Inc. provides distributed solar energy to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Residential, and Commercial and Industrial. It owns and installs solar energy systems through long-term customer contracts. The company also sells photovoltaic installation products, as well as solar renewable energy certificates. As of December 31, 2017, it had an aggregate capacity of 864.9 megawatts covering approximately 126,800 homes in 21 states. The company was formerly known as V Solar Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Vivint Solar, Inc. in April 2014. Vivint Solar, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Lehi, Utah.

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