Analyzing ENGlobal (NASDAQ:ENG) and Acorn Energy (ACFN)

ENGlobal (NASDAQ:ENG) and Acorn Energy (OTCMKTS:ACFN) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares ENGlobal and Acorn Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ENGlobal -8.47% -22.48% -16.69%
Acorn Energy -50.00% -699.59% -22.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ENGlobal and Acorn Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ENGlobal $55.76 million 0.36 -$16.25 million N/A N/A
Acorn Energy $4.35 million 2.08 -$1.16 million N/A N/A

Acorn Energy has lower revenue, but higher earnings than ENGlobal.

Risk and Volatility

ENGlobal has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its stock price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acorn Energy has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its stock price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for ENGlobal and Acorn Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ENGlobal 0 0 0 0 N/A
Acorn Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

13.9% of ENGlobal shares are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of ENGlobal shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.5% of Acorn Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

ENGlobal beats Acorn Energy on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ENGlobal

ENGlobal Corporation provides engineering and professional services primarily to the energy industry in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM); and Automation. The EPCM segment offers services relating to the development, management, and execution of projects requiring professional engineering and related project management services primarily to the energy industry, which include conceptual studies, project definition, cost estimating, engineering design, environmental compliance, material procurement, project management, and construction management. The Automation segment provides services related to the design, fabrication, and implementation of process distributed control and analyzer systems, advanced automated data gathering systems, information technology, and electrical projects; and designs, assembles, integrates, and services control and instrumentation systems for applications in the energy and processing related industries. It serves petroleum refining, petrochemical, pipeline, production, process, and pulp and paper industries. In addition, this segment offers electrical and instrument installation, technical, maintenance and calibration, and repair services to government agencies, refineries, and petrochemical and process industries. ENGlobal Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About Acorn Energy

Acorn Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops and markets wireless remote monitoring and control systems for various markets in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Power Generation (PG) and Cathodic Protection (CP) monitoring. The PG segment develops and markets wireless remote monitoring and control systems, and services for critical assets, which include stand-by power generators, compressors, batteries, pumps, pumpjacks, light towers, turbines, and other industrial equipment; and Internet of Things applications. The CP segment offers cathodic protection systems on gas pipelines for gas utilities and pipeline companies for remote monitoring. It serves customers in the Fortune 500 or Fortune Global 500. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Wilmington, Delaware.

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