Comparing Proterra (NASDAQ:PTRA) and Federal Signal (NYSE:FSS)

Proterra (NASDAQ:PTRAGet Rating) and Federal Signal (NYSE:FSSGet Rating) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Proterra and Federal Signal’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Proterra $242.86 million 6.26 -$250.01 million N/A N/A
Federal Signal $1.21 billion 1.77 $100.60 million $1.63 21.59

Federal Signal has higher revenue and earnings than Proterra.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.4% of Proterra shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.6% of Federal Signal shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Federal Signal shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Proterra has a beta of -2.22, meaning that its stock price is 322% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Federal Signal has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Proterra and Federal Signal, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Proterra 0 3 1 0 2.25
Federal Signal 0 1 3 1 3.00

Proterra presently has a consensus target price of $10.75, suggesting a potential upside of 57.16%. Federal Signal has a consensus target price of $46.75, suggesting a potential upside of 32.85%. Given Proterra’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Proterra is more favorable than Federal Signal.

Profitability

This table compares Proterra and Federal Signal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Proterra N/A -28.08% -18.09%
Federal Signal 8.29% 14.38% 8.28%

Summary

Federal Signal beats Proterra on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Proterra Company Profile (Get Rating)

Proterra Inc. provides commercial vehicles in the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia, and Japan. It operates through Proterra Powered and Energy and Proterra Transit business units. The Proterra Powered and Energy business unit designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and integrates battery systems and electrification solutions into vehicles for commercial vehicle OEM customers serving delivery trucks, school buses, coach buses, construction and mining equipment, and other applications. It also provides turnkey fleet-scale, high-power charging solutions and software services, ranging from fleet and energy management software-as-a-service to fleet planning, hardware, infrastructure, installation, utility engagement, and charging optimization. The Proterra Transit business unit designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric transit buses as an OEM for North American public transit agencies, airports, universities, and other commercial transit fleets. Proterra Inc. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Burlingame, California.

Federal Signal Company Profile (Get Rating)

Federal Signal Corp. engages in the design and manufacture of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial, and commercial customers. It operates through the Environmental Solutions Group and Safety and Security Systems Group segments. The Environment Solutions Group segment is involved in the manufacture and supply of street sweeper vehicles, sewer cleaners, vacuum loader trucks, hydro-excavation trucks, and water blasting equipment. The Safety and Security Systems Group segment offers comprehensive systems and products that law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency medical services, campuses, military facilities, and industrial sites use to protect people and property. The company was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Oak Brook, IL.

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