Direct inquiry: Sunworks (NASDAQ: SUNW) and Advent Technologies (NASDAQ: DNA)

Sunworks (NASDAQ:SUNW – Get Rating) and Advent Technologies (NASDAQ:DNA – Get Rating) are both small cap oil/energy companies, but which is the better company? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, and analyst recommendations.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Sunworks and Advent Technologies.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Sunworks -23.79% -40.54% -28.90%
Advent Technologies -402.65% -36.33% -29.60%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.3% of Sunworks shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 38.8% of Advent Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sunworks shares are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 26.1% of Advent Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, hedge funds, and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Sunworks and Advent Technologies.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Sunworks $101.15 million 0.60 -$26.63 million ($1.06) -1.73
Advent Technologies $7.07 million 10.51 -$20.52 million ($0.56) -2.57

Advent Technologies has lower revenues, but higher revenues than Sunworks. Advent Technologies trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sunworks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Sunworks has a beta of 1.68, suggesting its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Advent Technologies has a beta of 0.83, suggesting its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Sunworks and Advent Technologies, as reported by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Sunworks 0 1 2 0 2.67
Advent Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00

Sunworks currently has a consensus target price of $5.50, suggesting a potential upside of 200.55%. Advent Technologies has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,150.00%. Given Advent Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly think Advent Technologies is more favorable than Sunworks.


Advent Technologies beats Sunworks on 8 of 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sunworks (Get a rating)

Sunworks, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides photovoltaic and battery-based power and storage systems for the agricultural, commercial, industrial, construction and residential markets in the United States. It also designs, finances, integrates, installs and manages systems ranging from 2 kilowatts for residential projects to multi-megawatt systems for large commercial and public works projects. The company was formerly known as Solar3D, Inc. and changed its name to Sunworks, Inc. in March 2016. Sunworks, Inc. was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

About Advent Technologies (Get a rating)

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., an advanced technology and materials development company, operates in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology markets. It develops, manufactures and assembles fuel cell systems and critical components that determine the performance of hydrogen fuel cells and other energy systems. The Company offers high temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells, HT-PEM based membrane electrode assemblies, membranes and electrodes. It serves the stationary and portable energy, automotive, aviation, energy storage and sensor markets. The company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Margie D. Carlisle