Critical Contrast: Real Goods Solar (RGSE) versus Its Rivals

Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) is one of 14,522 public companies in the “” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Real Goods Solar to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

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Real Goods Solar has a beta of 1.94, suggesting that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Real Goods Solar’s peers have a beta of 1.00, suggesting that their average share price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.6% of Real Goods Solar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.5% of shares of all “” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Real Goods Solar shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.4% of shares of all “” companies 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Real Goods Solar and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Real Goods Solar 0 0 0 0 N/A
Real Goods Solar Competitors 39097 159581 217817 5242 2.45

As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 12.31%. Given Real Goods Solar’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Real Goods Solar has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Real Goods Solar -145.27% -128.07% -76.30%
Real Goods Solar Competitors -10,573.33% -90.72% 0.69%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Real Goods Solar and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Real Goods Solar $17.42 million -$25.32 million N/A
Real Goods Solar Competitors $5.67 billion $404.73 million 6.32

Real Goods Solar’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Real Goods Solar.

Summary

Real Goods Solar peers beat Real Goods Solar on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

Real Goods Solar Company Profile

Real Goods Solar, Inc. is a residential and commercial solar energy engineering, procurement, and construction company. The Company offers turnkey services, including design, procurement, permitting, build-out, grid connection, financing referrals and warranty and customer satisfaction activities. Its solar energy systems use solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. The Company operates in three segments: Residential – the installation of solar systems for homeowners, including lease financing thereof, and for small businesses (small commercial) in the continental United States; Sunetric – the installation of solar systems for both homeowners and small business owners (small commercial) in Hawaii, and Other – retail store and corporate operations.

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