Comparing Lighting Science Group (LSCG) & Energy Focus (EFOI)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.5% of Energy Focus shares are owned by institutional investors. 91.4% of Lighting Science Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Energy Focus shares are owned by company 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Lighting Science Group and Energy Focus, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lighting Science Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Energy Focus 0 3 1 0 2.25

Energy Focus has a consensus price target of $3.33, suggesting a potential upside of 208.64%. Given Energy Focus’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Energy Focus is more favorable than Lighting Science Group.

Profitability

This table compares Lighting Science Group and Energy Focus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lighting Science Group N/A N/A N/A
Energy Focus -40.43% -46.56% -37.38%

Volatility and Risk

Lighting Science Group has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Focus has a beta of -0.21, suggesting that its share price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lighting Science Group and Energy Focus’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lighting Science Group $52.70 million 0.04 -$15.59 million N/A N/A
Energy Focus $19.85 million 0.66 -$11.26 million ($0.79) -1.37

Energy Focus has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Lighting Science Group.

Summary

Lighting Science Group beats Energy Focus on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Energy Focus

Energy Focus, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells energy-efficient lighting systems in the United States and internationally. It offers various light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technologies, including military maritime products, such as Military Intellitube, globe lights, berth lights, and fixtures to serve the United States navy and allied foreign navies. The company also provides commercial products comprising direct-wire tubular LED (TLED) replacements for linear fluorescent lamps; Commercial Intellitube TLED replacement for linear fluorescent lamps; LED fixtures and panels for fluorescent replacement or high-intensity discharge replacement in low-bay and high-bay applications; LED down-lights; LED dock lights and wall-packs; LED vapor tight lighting fixtures; and LED retrofit kits. Energy Focus, Inc. sells its products to military maritime, industrial, and general commercial markets through direct sales employees, independent sales representatives, electrical and lighting contractors, and distributors. The company was formerly known as Fiberstars, Inc. and changed its name to Energy Focus, Inc. in May 2007. Energy Focus, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Solon, Ohio.

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