Head to Head Analysis: Proterra (PTRA) versus Its Competitors

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Proterra and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Proterra 1 2 0 0 1.67
Proterra Competitors 1069 2616 3018 164 2.33

Proterra presently has a consensus price target of $6.88, indicating a potential upside of 17.72%. As a group, “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies have a potential upside of 50.19%. Given Proterra’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Proterra has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider 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. 3.8% of Proterra shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Motor vehicles & car bodies” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Proterra and its rivals’ 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 -12,601.68% -7.57% -1.47%

Volatility and Risk

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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Proterra $242.86 million -$250.01 million -1.06
Proterra Competitors $44.91 billion $3.11 billion 72.13

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


Proterra rivals beat Proterra on 11 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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