Comparing Ichor (ICHR) & Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL)

Ichor (NASDAQ: HQCL) and Hanwha Q Cells (NASDAQ:HQCL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Ichor and Hanwha Q Cells’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ichor 8.60% 38.00% 16.26%
Hanwha Q Cells 0.19% 0.86% 0.18%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ichor and Hanwha Q Cells’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ichor $655.89 million 0.81 $56.45 million $2.41 9.09
Hanwha Q Cells $2.18 billion 0.31 -$12.40 million ($0.11) -73.73

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

Risk and Volatility

Ichor has a beta of 4.67, meaning that its share price is 367% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hanwha Q Cells has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ichor and Hanwha Q Cells, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ichor 0 0 4 1 3.20
Hanwha Q Cells 2 0 0 0 1.00

Ichor presently has a consensus price target of $38.60, indicating a potential upside of 76.18%. Hanwha Q Cells has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.36%. Given Ichor’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ichor is more favorable than Hanwha Q Cells.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.8% of Ichor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.6% of Hanwha Q Cells shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Ichor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ichor beats Hanwha Q Cells on 14 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ichor Company Profile

Ichor Holdings, Ltd. engages in the design, engineering, and manufacture of fluid delivery subsystems and components for semiconductor capital equipment in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea. It primarily offers gas and chemical delivery subsystems that are used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices. The company's gas delivery subsystems deliver, monitor, and control gases used in semiconductor manufacturing processes, such as etch and deposition; and chemical delivery subsystems blend and dispense the reactive liquid chemistries used in semiconductor manufacturing processes comprising electroplating and cleaning. It also manufactures precision machined components, weldments, and proprietary products for use in fluid delivery systems. Ichor Holdings, Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Fremont, California.

Hanwha Q Cells Company Profile

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., a solar energy company, develops, manufactures, and sells solar cells and photovoltaic (PV) modules in South Korea, the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, the People's Republic of China, India, Turkey, and internationally. Its principal products include PV cells, PV modules, silicon ingots, and silicon wafers. The company also develops and sells solar power projects; and offers engineering, procurement, and construction, as well as operation and management services. In addition, it offers services for the development and installation of ground-mounted and commercial rooftop PV systems. Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. serves utility companies and system integrators directly, as well as through third-party distributors. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Hanwha Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.

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