Critical Review: Hydrogenics Corporation (HYGS) vs. Hydrogenics (HYGSD)

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

Profitability

This table compares Hydrogenics Corporation and Hydrogenics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hydrogenics Corporation -33.59% -77.82% -20.26%
Hydrogenics -76.69% -144.08% -35.99%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.4% of Hydrogenics Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 26.1% of Hydrogenics Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hydrogenics Corporation and Hydrogenics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hydrogenics Corporation $28.99 million 4.94 -$9.85 million ($0.96) -9.79
Hydrogenics N/A N/A N/A ($0.97) -9.69

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Hydrogenics Corporation and Hydrogenics, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hydrogenics Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
Hydrogenics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hydrogenics Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.38%. Given Hydrogenics Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hydrogenics Corporation is more favorable than Hydrogenics.

Risk and Volatility

Hydrogenics Corporation has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hydrogenics has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Hydrogenics Corporation beats Hydrogenics on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hydrogenics Corporation

Hydrogenics Corp is a Canada-based firm, which designs and manufactures hydrogen generation products based on water electrolysis technology, and fuel cell products based on proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. The Company’s segments are Onsite Generation and Power Systems. The OnSite Generation segment is based in Oevel, Belgium and develops products for industrial gas, hydrogen fueling and renewable energy storage markets. The Power business segment is based in Mississauga, Canada, with a satellite facility in Gladbeck, Germany. The Company’s products include HySTAT hydrogen generation equipment and HyPM fuel cell products. It has facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Oevel-Westerlo, Belgium, and Gladbeck, Germany. It also has sales and service offices in Eastern Europe and North America. The Company has operations in Belgium, Canada and Germany with satellite offices in the United States and branch offices in Russia and Indonesia. Its products are sold around the world.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics Corp is a Canada-based firm, which designs and manufactures hydrogen generation products based on water electrolysis technology, and fuel cell products based on proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. The Company’s segments are Onsite Generation and Power Systems. The OnSite Generation segment is based in Oevel, Belgium and develops products for industrial gas, hydrogen fueling and renewable energy storage markets. The Power business segment is based in Mississauga, Canada, with a satellite facility in Gladbeck, Germany. The Company’s products include HySTAT hydrogen generation equipment and HyPM fuel cell products. It has facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Oevel-Westerlo, Belgium, and Gladbeck, Germany. It also has sales and service offices in Eastern Europe and North America. The Company has operations in Belgium, Canada and Germany with satellite offices in the United States and branch offices in Russia and Indonesia. Its products are sold around the world.

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