Reviewing Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL) & Kopin (KOPN)

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kopin and Hanwha Q Cells’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kopin $27.84 million 6.39 -$25.24 million N/A N/A
Hanwha Q Cells $2.18 billion 0.32 -$12.40 million ($0.11) -76.64

Hanwha Q Cells has higher revenue and earnings than Kopin.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

46.7% of Kopin shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.8% of Hanwha Q Cells shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Kopin shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Kopin has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hanwha Q Cells has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kopin -86.62% -35.12% -29.88%
Hanwha Q Cells -2.62% -11.39% -2.34%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Kopin and Hanwha Q Cells, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kopin 0 1 0 0 2.00
Hanwha Q Cells 2 0 0 0 1.00

Hanwha Q Cells has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.10%. Given Hanwha Q Cells’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hanwha Q Cells is more favorable than Kopin.

Summary

Hanwha Q Cells beats Kopin on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kopin Company Profile

Kopin Corporation invents, develops, manufactures, and sells technologies, components, and systems in the United States, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe. The company's Kopin Wearable technology includes component technologies, which can be integrated to create headset systems. It provides components, including miniature liquid crystal displays, liquid crystal on silicon displays/ spatial light modulators, organic light emitting diode displays, application specific integrated circuits, backlights, optical lenses, and audio integrated circuits. The company also offers headset systems, such as Solos smart glasses for the health and fitness market; Golden-i headsets for the enterprise market; and visor headsets for training and simulation market. Its display products are used in military, consumer, electronic, and industrial products, such as thermal weapon sights, safety equipment, virtual and augmented reality gaming, training and simulation products, and metrology tools. The company sells its components directly, as well as through distributors to original equipment manufacturers; and military display products, and training and simulation products directly to prime contractors of the United States government or to foreign companies. Kopin Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts.

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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