Analyzing Kandi Technologies Group (NASDAQ:KNDI) and Tesla (TSLA)

Kandi Technologies Group (NASDAQ: KNDI) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Kandi Technologies Group and Tesla’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kandi Technologies Group -27.57% 3.91% 1.94%
Tesla -16.68% -33.08% -7.06%

Volatility & Risk

Kandi Technologies Group has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its share price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tesla has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.3% of Kandi Technologies Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.2% of Tesla shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.8% of Kandi Technologies Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 23.1% of Tesla shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Kandi Technologies Group and Tesla’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kandi Technologies Group $102.81 million 2.55 -$28.34 million ($0.59) -8.22
Tesla $11.76 billion 3.82 -$1.96 billion ($11.79) -22.57

Kandi Technologies Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Tesla. Tesla is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kandi Technologies Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Kandi Technologies Group and Tesla, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kandi Technologies Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tesla 10 10 11 0 2.03

Tesla has a consensus price target of $323.23, suggesting a potential upside of 21.46%. Given Tesla’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Tesla is more favorable than Kandi Technologies Group.

Summary

Kandi Technologies Group beats Tesla on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kandi Technologies Group

Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. (Kandi) is focused on the development of pure electric vehicle (EV) products and manufacturing electric vehicle’s parts. The Company’s business operations are the design, development, manufacturing and commercialization of electric vehicles, electric vehicle parts and off-road vehicles, which are distributed in China and global markets. Its products include EV parts, EV products and off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, go-karts and others. The Company conducts its business operations through its subsidiary, Zhejiang Kandi Vehicles Co., Ltd. (Kandi Vehicles), and the partial subsidiaries of Kandi Vehicles. The Company focuses on fuel efficient, pure EV parts manufacturing. Its subsidiary, Jinhua Kandi New Energy Vehicles Co., Ltd., holds battery packing production rights, and supplies the battery pack to the joint venture company.

About Tesla

Tesla, Inc., formerly Tesla Motors, Inc., designs, develops, manufactures and sells fully electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, as well as installs, operates and maintains solar and energy storage products. The Company operates through two segments: Automotive, and Energy generation and storage. The Automotive segment includes the design, development, manufacturing, and sales of electric vehicles. The Energy generation and storage segment includes the design, manufacture, installation, and sale or lease of stationary energy storage products and solar energy systems to residential and commercial customers, or sale of electricity generated by its solar energy systems to customers. The Company produces and distributes two fully electric vehicles, the Model S sedan and the Model X sport utility vehicle (SUV). It also offers Model 3, a sedan designed for the mass market. It develops energy storage products for use in homes, commercial facilities and utility sites.

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