Proterra (PTRA) versus The Competition Financial Contrast

Proterra (NASDAQ:PTRAGet Rating) is one of 63 public companies in the “Motor vehicles & car bodies” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Proterra to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Proterra and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Proterra 1 3 0 0 1.75
Proterra Competitors 1066 2606 3010 163 2.33

Proterra currently has a consensus price target of $8.25, suggesting a potential upside of 51.93%. As a group, “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies have a potential upside of 46.43%. Given Proterra’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Proterra is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

Proterra has a beta of -0.82, meaning that its stock price is 182% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Proterra’s peers have a beta of 1.56, meaning that their average stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Proterra and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Proterra -100.20% -17.39% -12.29%
Proterra Competitors -13,352.19% 2.54% 0.18%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Proterra and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Proterra $242.86 million -$250.01 million -0.98
Proterra Competitors $44.79 billion $2.86 billion 70.17

Proterra’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Proterra. Proterra is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.8% of Proterra shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.7% of shares of all “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies are held by institutional investors. 51.7% of Proterra shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of shares of all “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Proterra peers beat Proterra on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Proterra (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.

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