Canadian Solar (CSIQ) versus Its Rivals Head-To-Head Analysis

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of 13 publicly-traded companies in the “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Canadian Solar to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Canadian Solar and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Canadian Solar $2.85 billion $65.24 million 45.59
Canadian Solar Competitors $1.24 billion -$44.98 million 0.52

Canadian Solar has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Canadian Solar is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Canadian Solar has a beta of 3.12, indicating that its stock price is 212% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Canadian Solar’s peers have a beta of 1.64, indicating that their average stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

40.0% of Canadian Solar shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.7% of shares of all “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.0% of shares of all “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Canadian Solar and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Canadian Solar 0.84% 1.32% 0.22%
Canadian Solar Competitors -11.11% -103.58% -3.38%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Canadian Solar and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Canadian Solar 1 6 3 0 2.20
Canadian Solar Competitors 177 600 903 58 2.48

Canadian Solar presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.86%. As a group, “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 14.42%. Given Canadian Solar’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Canadian Solar is more favorable than its peers.


Canadian Solar beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Canadian Solar Company Profile

Canadian Solar Inc. is a solar power company. The Company is a provider of solar power products, services and system solutions with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Its segments include module segment, energy development segment and electricity generation segment. It designs, develops and manufactures solar wafers, solar cells and solar power products. The module segment primarily involves the design, development, manufacturing and sale of a range of solar power products, including standard solar modules and specialty solar products, and solar system kits. Its energy development segment consists of solar power project development, engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and maintenance services. Its electricity generation segment consists of holding solar power projects for the purpose of generating income from the sale of electricity to the local or national grid or other power purchasers.

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