American Power Group (OTCMKTS:APGI) and Briggs & Stratton (NYSE:BGG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.6% of Briggs & Stratton shares are owned by institutional investors. 75.8% of American Power Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.3% of Briggs & Stratton shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares American Power Group and Briggs & Stratton’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Power Group $1.86 million 4.23 -$7.55 million N/A N/A
Briggs & Stratton $1.88 billion 0.31 -$11.32 million $1.29 10.75

American Power Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Briggs & Stratton.

Profitability

This table compares American Power Group and Briggs & Stratton’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Power Group N/A N/A N/A
Briggs & Stratton -2.04% 8.46% 3.00%

Risk and Volatility

American Power Group has a beta of 7.68, meaning that its share price is 668% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Briggs & Stratton has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Power Group and Briggs & Stratton, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Power Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Briggs & Stratton 0 4 1 0 2.20

Briggs & Stratton has a consensus target price of $22.33, indicating a potential upside of 61.02%. Given Briggs & Stratton’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Briggs & Stratton is more favorable than American Power Group.

Dividends

Briggs & Stratton pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. American Power Group does not pay a dividend. Briggs & Stratton pays out 43.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Briggs & Stratton has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Briggs & Stratton beats American Power Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Power Group Company Profile

American Power Group Corporation provides patented dual fuel conversion system for primary and back-up diesel generators, and mid-to heavy-duty vehicular diesel engines in North America and internationally. It operates through two segments, Dual Fuel Conversion Operations and Natural Gas Liquids Operations. The company's dual fuel conversion system is a fuel delivery enhancement system that converts existing diesel engines into engines, which run on diesel fuel and compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas; diesel fuel and pipeline gas, well-head gas, or approved bio-methane; and diesel. It also provides flare capture and recovery services to oil and gas production companies. The company was formerly known as GreenMan Technologies, Inc. and changed its name to American Power Group Corporation in August 2012. American Power Group Corporation was founded in 1992 and is based in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

Briggs & Stratton Company Profile

Briggs & Stratton Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, sells, and services gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment to the original equipment manufacturers in the United States. It operates in two segments, Engines and Products. The Engines segment offers four-cycle aluminum alloy gasoline engines that are used primarily by the lawn and garden equipment industry. This segment's products are used in various lawn and garden equipment applications, including walk-behind lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers, garden tillers, and snow throwers, as well as products for industrial, construction, agricultural, and other consumer applications, such as portable and standby generators, pumps, and pressure washers. It also manufactures and sells replacement engines and service parts to sales and service distributors. This segment primarily sells commercial engines under the Vanguard brand. The Products segment primarily provides a line of lawn and garden power equipment, turf care products, portable and standby generators, pressure washers, snow throwers, and job site products. This segment sells its products through various channels of retail distribution comprising consumer home centers, warehouse clubs, mass merchants, independent dealers and distributors, and online merchants under its own brands that include the Briggs & Stratton, Simplicity, Snapper, Snapper Pro, Ferris, Allmand, Billy Goat, Murray, Branco, and Victa, as well as other brands, which comprise Craftsman and Troy-Bilt. The company also exports its products to customers in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. Briggs & Stratton Corporation was founded in 1908 and is headquartered in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

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