Ascent Solar Technologies (OTCMKTS:ASTI – Get Rating) and FTC Solar (NASDAQ:FTCI – Get Rating) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
2.5% of Ascent Solar Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of FTC Solar shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Ascent Solar Technologies shares are held by 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.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Ascent Solar Technologies and FTC Solar, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ascent Solar Technologies||0||0||0||0||N/A|
FTC Solar has a consensus target price of $7.09, suggesting a potential upside of 89.60%. Given FTC Solar’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe FTC Solar is more favorable than Ascent Solar Technologies.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Ascent Solar Technologies and FTC Solar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ascent Solar Technologies||$610,000.00||278.32||-$6.00 million||N/A||N/A|
|FTC Solar||$270.52 million||1.39||-$106.59 million||($1.47)||-2.54|
Ascent Solar Technologies has higher earnings, but lower revenue than FTC Solar.
Volatility and Risk
Ascent Solar Technologies has a beta of 2.21, meaning that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FTC Solar has a beta of 3.59, meaning that its stock price is 259% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Ascent Solar Technologies and FTC Solar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Ascent Solar Technologies||-1,202.14%||N/A||-110.28%|
FTC Solar beats Ascent Solar Technologies on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Ascent Solar Technologies Company Profile (Get Rating)
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells copper-indium-gallium-diselenide photovoltaic products for aerospace, defense, emergency management, and consumer/OEM applications. It offers outdoor solar chargers. The company markets and sells its products through OEMs, system integrators, …….