Head-To-Head Review: Dragonfly Energy (NASDAQ:DFLI) versus ESS Tech (NYSE:GWH)

Dragonfly Energy (NASDAQ:DFLIGet Rating) and ESS Tech (NYSE:GWHGet Rating) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.8% of ESS Tech shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of Dragonfly Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of ESS Tech shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Dragonfly Energy and ESS Tech’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dragonfly Energy N/A -673.40% -1.98%
ESS Tech N/A -51.45% -43.16%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Dragonfly Energy and ESS Tech, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dragonfly Energy 0 0 3 0 3.00
ESS Tech 0 3 2 0 2.40

Dragonfly Energy currently has a consensus target price of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 78.12%. ESS Tech has a consensus target price of $7.18, suggesting a potential upside of 210.76%. Given ESS Tech’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ESS Tech is more favorable than Dragonfly Energy.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Dragonfly Energy and ESS Tech’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dragonfly Energy N/A N/A $1.91 million N/A N/A
ESS Tech N/A N/A -$477.12 million ($1.68) -1.37

Volatility and Risk

Dragonfly Energy has a beta of -0.64, meaning that its share price is 164% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ESS Tech has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Dragonfly Energy beats ESS Tech on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dragonfly Energy

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Dragonfly Energy Holdings Corp. manufactures and supplies deep cycle lithium-ion batteries for RVs, marine vessels, off-grid installations, and other storage applications. It also focuses on delivering an energy storage solution to enable a sustainable and reliable smart grid through the deployment of its solid-state cell technology. The company is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.

About ESS Tech

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ESS Tech, Inc., an energy storage company, designs and produces iron flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications worldwide. It offers energy storage products, which include Energy Warehouse, a behind-the-meter solution; and Energy Center, a front-of-the-meter solution. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon.

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