Head-To-Head Contrast: Sunworks (SUNW) vs. SunPower Corporation (SPWR)

Sunworks (NASDAQ: SUNW) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.2% of Sunworks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.8% of SunPower Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Sunworks shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of SunPower Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Sunworks has a beta of 1.75, meaning that its stock price is 75% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SunPower Corporation has a beta of 3.13, meaning that its stock price is 213% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sunworks and SunPower Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunworks $75.36 million 0.44 -$10.04 million ($0.57) -2.56
SunPower Corporation $2.49 billion 0.47 -$24.89 million ($3.92) -2.15

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


This table compares Sunworks and SunPower Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunworks -15.37% -54.69% -27.35%
SunPower Corporation -21.84% -12.56% -2.88%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Sunworks and SunPower Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunworks 0 2 1 0 2.33
SunPower Corporation 0 11 3 0 2.21

Sunworks currently has a consensus target price of $2.75, indicating a potential upside of 88.36%. SunPower Corporation has a consensus target price of $9.38, indicating a potential upside of 11.31%. Given Sunworks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sunworks is more favorable than SunPower Corporation.


SunPower Corporation beats Sunworks on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sunworks Company Profile

Sunworks, Inc., formerly Solar3D, Inc., provides photo voltaic (PV) based power systems for the residential, commercial and agricultural markets in California and Nevada. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries, designs, arranges financing, integrates, installs and manages systems ranging in size from 2 kilowatt (KW) for residential loads to multi megawatts (MW) systems for larger commercial projects. The Company’s commercial installations include office buildings, manufacturing plants, warehouses and agricultural facilities, such as farms, wineries and dairies. The Company provides a range of installation services to its solar energy customers, including design, system engineering, procurement, permitting, construction, grid connection, warranty, system monitoring and maintenance. The Company has installed over 850 systems in California and Nevada.

SunPower Corporation Company Profile

SunPower Corporation is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Company’s segments include Residential Segment, Commercial Segment and Power Plant Segment. The Residential and Commercial Segments combined are referred to as Distributed Generation. The Company offers solar module technology and solar power systems that are designed to generate electricity over a system life over 25 years; Integrated Smart Energy software solutions that enable customers to manage and optimize the cooperation center of excellence (CCOE) measurement; Installation, construction, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring services; and financing solutions that provide customers a range of options for purchasing or leasing solar products at competitive energy rates. The Company offers a set of residential solutions that deliver value to homeowners and its dealer partners.

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