Contrasting Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) and Neah Power Systems (NPWZ)

Maxwell Technologies (NASDAQ:MXWL) and Neah Power Systems (OTCMKTS:NPWZ) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.5% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 7.7% of Maxwell Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.0% of Neah Power Systems shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Maxwell Technologies has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Neah Power Systems has a beta of 0.21, meaning that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Neah Power Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maxwell Technologies $90.45 million 2.27 -$36.54 million ($0.91) -4.90
Neah Power Systems N/A N/A -$2.41 million N/A N/A

Neah Power Systems has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Maxwell Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Maxwell Technologies and Neah Power Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maxwell Technologies -31.86% -43.28% -22.83%
Neah Power Systems N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Maxwell Technologies and Neah Power Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maxwell Technologies 0 2 2 0 2.50
Neah Power Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Maxwell Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $5.06, indicating a potential upside of 13.51%. Given Maxwell Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Maxwell Technologies is more favorable than Neah Power Systems.

About Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage and power delivery products worldwide. The company offers ultracapacitor cells, multi-cell packs, modules, and subsystems that provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for the automotive, grid energy storage, wind, bus, industrial, and truck industries; and lithium-ion capacitors, which are energy storage devices designed to address various of applications in the rail, grid, and industrial markets. It also provides dry electrode manufacturing technology; and high voltage's CONDIS capacitor products, 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 involving transport, distribution, and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. 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 Neah Power Systems

Neah Power Systems, Inc. develops and sells silicon based rechargeable lithium batteries, silicon fuel cells, and Formira HOD systems. The company focuses on developing and supplying its products for military, transportation vehicles, and portable electronics applications in India, China, and parts of Europe. Neah Power Systems, Inc. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Bothell, Washington.

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