Why Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) Stock Is Climbing Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc. (BLDP) are higher by 4.75% to $4.32 in early afternoon trading on Tuesday as the stock continues to gain from the company's announcement it signed a fuel cell licensing and engineering services agreement with M-Field Energy Corp.

The deal is for the sub-license of intellectual property to M-Field, a sustainable energy company, for material handling systems deployed in Europe, the agreement has a value of approximately $1 million, Ballard said. 

Ballard will provide M-Field with engineering service support into early 2015 through its Denmark subsidiary, Dantherm Power A/S.

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As part of the agreement Ballard will be the exclusive supplier of fuel cell stacks for all material handling systems set up by M-Field in Europe.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC (BLDP) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.95%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -25.16% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BLDP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, BLDP has a quick ratio of 2.34, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$6.64 million or 5.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -7.28%.
  • This stock has increased by 119.68% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in BLDP do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BLDP Ratings Report
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