GrafTech International (NYSE:EAF) and Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
15.1% of GrafTech International shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
GrafTech International pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Bloom Energy does not pay a dividend.
This table compares GrafTech International and Bloom Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for GrafTech International and Bloom Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
GrafTech International currently has a consensus target price of $26.60, indicating a potential upside of 41.79%. Bloom Energy has a consensus target price of $25.71, indicating a potential downside of 28.17%. Given GrafTech International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe GrafTech International is more favorable than Bloom Energy.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares GrafTech International and Bloom Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|GrafTech International||$550.77 million||10.29||$7.98 million||N/A||N/A|
GrafTech International has higher revenue and earnings than Bloom Energy.
GrafTech International beats Bloom Energy on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About GrafTech International
GrafTech International Ltd. researches, develops, manufactures, and sells synthetic and natural graphite and carbon based products worldwide. It offers graphite electrodes, which are components of the conductive power systems used to produce steel and non-ferrous metals; and petroleum needle coke, a crystalline form of carbon used in the production of graphite electrodes. The company sells its products primarily through direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Independence, Ohio. GrafTech International Ltd. is a subsidiary of BCP IV GrafTech Holdings LP.
About Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells solid-oxide fuel cell systems. It offers Bloom Energy Server, a stationary power generation platform that converts standard low-pressure natural gas or biogas into electricity through an electrochemical process without combustion. The company was formerly known as Ion America Corp. and changed its name to Bloom Energy Corporation in September 2006. Bloom Energy Corporation was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
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