Head-To-Head Comparison: Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) and Energizer (ENR)

Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ: MXWL) and Energizer (NYSE:ENR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

Energizer pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Maxwell Technologies does not pay a dividend. Energizer pays out 38.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.0% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of Energizer shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.7% of Maxwell Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.8% of Energizer shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Energizer’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $130.37 million 1.50 -$43.12 million ($0.91) -5.66
Energizer $1.76 billion 2.07 $201.50 million $2.98 20.38

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Maxwell Technologies and Energizer, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 1 5 0 2.83
Energizer 1 4 5 0 2.40

Maxwell Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.92%. Energizer has a consensus target price of $62.11, suggesting a potential upside of 2.26%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Energizer.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Energizer’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -31.75% -29.38% -16.32%
Energizer 7.13% 292.85% 10.27%

Volatility & Risk

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 0.31, meaning that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energizer has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Energizer beats Maxwell Technologies on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage and power delivery products worldwide. The company provides ultracapacitor cells, multi-cell packs, modules, and subsystems that provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in automotive, grid energy storage, wind, bus, industrial, and truck industries; and lithium-ion capacitors, which are energy storage devices designed to address various applications in the rail, grid, and industrial markets. It also offers CONDIS high-voltage capacitors, such as grading and coupling capacitors, electric voltage transformers, and metering products that are used to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications, including transport, distribution, and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. In addition, the company provides dry battery electrodes for use in electric vehicles. It markets and sells its products through direct and indirect sales channels to integrators and OEMs for use in a range of end products. The company was formerly known as Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. and changed its name to Maxwell Technologies, Inc. in 1996. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

About Energizer

Energizer Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, and distributes household batteries, specialty batteries, and lighting products worldwide. It offers lithium, alkaline, carbon zinc, nickel metal hydride, zinc air, and silver oxide batteries under the Energizer and Eveready brands, as well as primary, rechargeable, specialty, and hearing aid products. The company also provides headlights, lanterns, children's lights, and area lights, as well as flash lights under the Energizer, Eveready, Hard Case, Dolphin, and WeatherReady brands. In addition, it licenses the Energizer and Eveready brands to companies developing consumer solutions in gaming, automotive batteries, portable power for critical devices, LED light bulbs, and other lighting products. Further, the company designs and markets automotive fragrance and appearance products under the Refresh Your Car!, California Scents, Driven, Bahama & Co., LEXOL, and Eagle One brands. It sells its products through direct sales force, third party distributors, and wholesalers; and through various retail locations, including mass merchandisers and warehouse clubs, food stores, drug and convenience stores, electronics specialty stores and department stores, hardware and automotive centers, military stores, brick and mortar retailers, as well as through ecommerce. Energizer Holdings, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

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