Comparing Sunrun (RUN) & Q.E.P. (QEPC)

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Q.E.P. (OTCMKTS:QEPC) and Sunrun (NASDAQ:RUN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Q.E.P. and Sunrun’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Q.E.P. 1.56% 0.97% 0.53%
Sunrun 13.72% 4.78% 1.41%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Q.E.P. and Sunrun’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Q.E.P. $322.39 million 0.27 $7.94 million N/A N/A
Sunrun $529.70 million 2.46 $124.52 million $0.86 13.55

Sunrun has higher revenue and earnings than Q.E.P..

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.1% of Q.E.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.0% of Sunrun shares are owned by institutional investors. 51.1% of Q.E.P. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 19.5% of Sunrun shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Q.E.P. and Sunrun, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Q.E.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sunrun 0 2 7 0 2.78

Sunrun has a consensus target price of $14.94, indicating a potential upside of 28.28%. Given Sunrun’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Sunrun is more favorable than Q.E.P..

Volatility and Risk

Q.E.P. has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunrun has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Sunrun beats Q.E.P. on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Q.E.P. Company Profile

Q.E.P. Co., Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes a range of hardwood and laminate flooring, flooring installation tools, adhesives, and flooring related products for the professional installation and do-it-yourself markets. It operates in three segments: North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. The company also provides industrial tools to the industrial trades. Its product portfolio includes tile saws, blades, and accessories; tile cutters and accessories; hand tools; tile spacers; scrapers; trowels and floats; mixers and paddles; drill bits, hole saws, and jigsaw blades; clean-up, repair, and maintenance products; knee pads and safety tools; installation kits; underlayment products; cement boards and masonry tools; and Brutus products. The company markets its products under the QEP, ROBERTS, HarrisWood, Fausfloor, Capitol, Nupla, HISCO, Ludell, Porta-Nails, Elastiment, Vitrex, Homelux, Tilerite, PRCI, Plasplugs, Tomecanic, Bénètier, X-TREME, and AppleCreek brands. Q.E.P. Co., Inc. sells its products to home improvement retail centers, specialty distribution outlets, municipalities, and industrial solution providers. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Boca Raton, Florida.

Sunrun Company Profile

Sunrun Inc. engages in the design, development, installation, sale, ownership, and maintenance of residential solar energy systems in the United States. It also sells solar leads. The company markets and sells its products through direct channels, partner channels, mass media, digital media, canvassing, referral, retail, and field marketing. Sunrun Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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