Head to Head Contrast: LSI Industries (LYTS) and Lighting Science Group (LSCG)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Lighting Science Group and LSI Industries, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lighting Science Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
LSI Industries 0 0 3 0 3.00

LSI Industries has a consensus target price of $11.27, suggesting a potential upside of 172.80%. Given LSI Industries’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe LSI Industries is more favorable than Lighting Science Group.

Risk and Volatility

Lighting Science Group has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LSI Industries has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lighting Science Group and LSI Industries’ 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
LSI Industries -0.64% 4.38% 2.65%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.1% of LSI Industries shares are held by institutional investors. 91.4% of Lighting Science Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of LSI Industries shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

LSI Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Lighting Science Group does not pay a dividend. LSI Industries pays out 90.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lighting Science Group and LSI Industries’ 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 0.03 -$15.59 million N/A N/A
LSI Industries $342.02 million 0.31 -$19.54 million $0.22 18.77

Lighting Science Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than LSI Industries.

Summary

LSI Industries beats Lighting Science Group on 9 of the 13 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 LSI Industries

LSI Industries Inc. provides corporate visual image solutions in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. It operates in three segments: Lighting, Graphics, and Technology. The Lighting segment manufactures and markets outdoor and indoor lighting and lighting controls for the commercial, industrial, and multi-site retail markets, including the petroleum/convenience store, quick-service, and automotive markets. It primarily offers exterior area, interior, canopy, and landscape lightings, as well as lighting controls, light poles, and photometric layouts; lighting system design services; and solid-state LED solutions. The Graphics segment manufactures and sells exterior and interior visual image elements used in graphics displays and visual image programs in various markets that include the petroleum/convenience store market, quick-service restaurant, grocery, and multi-site retail operations. Its products comprise signage and canopy graphics, pump dispenser graphics, building fascia graphics and ACM systems, electrical signage, decals, interior signage and marketing graphics, aisle markers, wall mural graphics, fleet graphics, prototype program graphics, video boards, menu boards, and digital signage and media content management products. This segment also provides installation management services for the installation of interior or exterior products. The Technology segment designs, engineers, and manufactures electronic circuit boards, assemblies, and sub-assemblies for use in commercial, industrial, and multi-site retail markets. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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