Critical Survey: Highpower International (HPJ) and Maxwell Technologies (MXWL)

Highpower International (NASDAQ:HPJ) and Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Highpower International and Maxwell Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Highpower International $244.17 million 0.15 $16.77 million N/A N/A
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 0.88 -$43.12 million ($0.91) -2.76

Highpower International has higher revenue and earnings than Maxwell Technologies.

Volatility & Risk

Highpower International has a beta of 2.11, indicating that its share price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Highpower International and Maxwell Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Highpower International 4.41% 19.02% 5.33%
Maxwell Technologies -31.86% -35.32% -18.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Highpower International and Maxwell Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Highpower International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 3 0 2.75

Maxwell Technologies has a consensus target price of $5.33, suggesting a potential upside of 112.48%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Highpower International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.9% of Highpower International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. 33.3% of Highpower International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Highpower International beats Maxwell Technologies on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Highpower International

Highpower International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries. The company operates in three segments: Lithium Business, Ni-MH Batteries and Accessories, and New Material. It offers Ni-MH rechargeable batteries in AA, AAA, 9V, C, D, and SC sizes in blister packing, as well as chargers and battery packs. The company also provides lithium-ion cylindrical and polymer rechargeable batteries, and power source solutions. In addition, it is involved in the research, design, production, and sale of battery packs and systems, and lithium batteries. The company's products are used in various applications, such as electric toys, power tools, portable computers and other electronics, medical devices, and other consumer products. It serves in Mainland China, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Hong Kong Highpower Technology, Inc. and changed its name to Highpower International, Inc. in October 2010. Highpower International, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, the People's Republic of China.

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.

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