Financial Contrast: Plug Power (PLUG) vs. Woodward (WWD)

Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG) and Woodward (NASDAQ:WWD) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

26.4% of Plug Power shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.7% of Woodward shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of Plug Power shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Woodward shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Plug Power and Woodward’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Plug Power -85.89% -87.73% -25.19%
Woodward 7.94% 14.56% 7.36%

Dividends

Woodward pays an annual dividend of $0.57 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Plug Power does not pay a dividend. Woodward pays out 18.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Plug Power and Woodward, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Plug Power 1 0 7 0 2.75
Woodward 0 7 3 0 2.30

Plug Power currently has a consensus price target of $3.60, suggesting a potential upside of 69.81%. Woodward has a consensus price target of $78.89, suggesting a potential upside of 4.46%. Given Plug Power’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Plug Power is more favorable than Woodward.

Risk & Volatility

Plug Power has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woodward has a beta of 1.25, suggesting that its share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Plug Power and Woodward’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Plug Power $103.26 million 4.40 -$127.08 million ($0.60) -3.53
Woodward $2.10 billion 2.21 $200.50 million $3.16 23.90

Woodward has higher revenue and earnings than Plug Power. Plug Power is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Woodward, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Woodward beats Plug Power on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Plug Power Company Profile

Plug Power Inc., an alternative energy technology provider, engages in the design, development, commercialization, and manufacture of hydrogen and fuel cell systems for the material handling and stationary power markets primarily in North America and Europe. It focuses on proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and fuel processing technologies, fuel cell/battery hybrid technologies, and related hydrogen storage and dispensing infrastructure. The company offers GenDrive, a hydrogen fueled PEM fuel cell system that provides power to material handling electric vehicles; GenFuel, a hydrogen fueling delivery, generation, storage, and dispensing systems; GenCare, which is an ongoing maintenance program for GenDrive fuel cells, GenSure products, GenFuel products, and ProGen engines; and GenSure, a stationary fuel cell solution that provides scalable modular PEM fuel cell power to support the backup and grid-support power requirements of the telecommunications, transportation, and utility sectors. It also provides GenKey, a turn-key solution for transitioning to fuel cell power; ProGen, a fuel cell stack and engine technology that is used in mobility and stationary fuel cell systems, and as engines in electric delivery vans; and GenFund, which offers financing solutions to customers. The company offers its products to distribution and manufacturing businesses, and government agencies through direct product sales force, original equipment manufacturers, and dealer networks. Plug Power Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Latham, New York.

Woodward Company Profile

Woodward, Inc. designs, manufactures, and services energy control and optimization solutions for the aerospace and industrial markets worldwide. Its Aerospace segment provides fuel pumps, metering units, actuators, air valves, specialty valves, fuel nozzles, and thrust reverser actuation systems for turbine engines and nacelles; and flight deck controls, actuators, servocontrols, motors, and sensors for aircraft that are used on commercial and private aircrafts and rotorcrafts, as well as in military fixed-wing aircrafts and rotorcrafts, weapons, and defense systems. It also offers aftermarket maintenance, repair, overhaul, and other services to commercial airlines, repair facilities, military depots, third party repair shops, and other end users. This segment sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), tier-one suppliers, and prime contractors, as well as through aftermarket sales of components, such as provisioning spares or replacements. The company's Industrial segment designs, produces, and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, fluids, gases, motion, combustion, and electricity. Its products include actuators, valves, pumps, injectors, solenoids, ignition systems, speed controls, electronics and software, power converters, and devices that measure, communicate, and protect electrical distribution systems for use in industrial gas turbines, steam turbines, reciprocating engines, electric power generation and power distribution systems, wind turbines, and compressors. This segment sells its products, aftermarket products, and other related services to OEMs through an independent network of distributors, as well as directly to end users. Woodward, Inc. was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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