Reviewing Revolution Lighting Technologies (RVLT) and Lighting Science Group (LSCG)

Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ:RVLT) and Lighting Science Group (OTCMKTS:LSCG) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Lighting Science Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Revolution Lighting Technologies -35.43% -9.36% -4.54%
Lighting Science Group N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Revolution Lighting Technologies has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lighting Science Group has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.6% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 42.0% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 91.4% of Lighting Science Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Lighting Science Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Revolution Lighting Technologies $152.30 million 0.22 -$53.90 million ($0.34) -4.41
Lighting Science Group $52.70 million 0.04 -$15.59 million N/A N/A

Lighting Science Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Revolution Lighting Technologies.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Revolution Lighting Technologies and Lighting Science Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Revolution Lighting Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lighting Science Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Revolution Lighting Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 233.33%. Given Revolution Lighting Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Revolution Lighting Technologies is more favorable than Lighting Science Group.

Summary

Lighting Science Group beats Revolution Lighting Technologies on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Revolution Lighting Technologies

Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and sells light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions focusing on the industrial, commercial, and government markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers interior and exterior LED lamps and fixtures, including signage and control systems. Its products are used for interior use, outdoor use, new fixture installation, retrofit installation, smart grid control systems, and integration of LED technology into custom applications. The company markets and distributes its products through electrical distributors and supply companies, electrical contractors, energy service companies, end-users, independent sales agencies and representatives, and electrical supply companies, as well as internal marketing and direct sales force. It serves military, municipal, commercial, industrial, warehouse, education, hospitality, retail, healthcare, multi-family, and signage-media-accent markets. The company was formerly known as Nexxus Lighting, Inc. and changed its name to Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. in November 2012. Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

About Lighting Science Group

Lighting Science Group Corporation designs, develops, and markets general illumination products that use light emitting diodes (LEDs) as their light source for retailers and original equipment manufacturers in the United States. It offers a range of LED retrofit lamps to fit into existing light fixtures as replacements for traditional incandescent, compact fluorescent, and halogen lamps; and LED luminaires comprising FreeLED, a street lighting solution that uses solar energy as its power source. The company also provides biological lighting products, which include Good Night and Good Day circadian replacement lamps, VividGro grow light product, MyNature Coastal lamps and outdoor luminaires, and MyNature Grow lighting lamps and high bay luminaires. It serves Residential and office, Retail and hospitality, Government-owned and private infrastructure, and School and university markets through branded and co-branded private label programs, direct sales force, distributors, and independent sales agents. Lighting Science Group Corporation was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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