Reviewing DAQO New Energy Corp. (NYSE:DQ) and Its Peers

DAQO New Energy Corp. (NYSE: DQ) is one of 11 public companies in the “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare DAQO New Energy Corp. to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares DAQO New Energy Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DAQO New Energy Corp. 21.42% 22.48% 9.84%
DAQO New Energy Corp. Competitors -11.47% -120.53% -2.71%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for DAQO New Energy Corp. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DAQO New Energy Corp. 0 0 2 0 3.00
DAQO New Energy Corp. Competitors 175 582 854 56 2.47

DAQO New Energy Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.51%. As a group, “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 13.65%. Given DAQO New Energy Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe DAQO New Energy Corp. is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.4% of DAQO New Energy Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of shares of all “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.2% of shares of all “Photovoltaic Solar Systems & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

DAQO New Energy Corp. has a beta of 1.93, suggesting that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DAQO New Energy Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 1.58, suggesting that their average share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DAQO New Energy Corp. and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
DAQO New Energy Corp. $229.10 million $43.49 million 9.07
DAQO New Energy Corp. Competitors $1.32 billion -$58.64 million 0.97

DAQO New Energy Corp.’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than DAQO New Energy Corp.. DAQO New Energy Corp. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

DAQO New Energy Corp. beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

DAQO New Energy Corp. Company Profile

Daqo New Energy Corp. is a polysilicon manufacturer. The Company utilizes the chemical vapor deposition process, or the modified Siemens process, to produce polysilicon. The Company’s segments include Polysilicon and Wafer. The Company manufactures and sells polysilicon to photovoltaic product manufacturers, whereby the polysilicon is processed into ingots, wafers, cells and modules for solar power solutions. The Company offers ready-to-use polysilicon, packaged to meet crucible stacking, pulling and solidification needs. The Company offers wafers through its downstream photovoltaic product manufacturing business. The Company also provides wafer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service to external customers through tolling agreements by processing polysilicon to produce ingot and wafer. Its annual capacity for polysilicon is approximately 12,150 metric tons (MT) in Xinjiang. The Company’s wafer manufacturing annual capacity is approximately 90 million pieces.

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