Head to Head Survey: Schmitt Industries (SMIT) versus Clearsign Combustion (CLIR)

Schmitt Industries (NASDAQ:SMIT) and Clearsign Combustion (NASDAQ:CLIR) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.1% of Schmitt Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.3% of Clearsign Combustion shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.0% of Schmitt Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Clearsign Combustion shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Schmitt Industries has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearsign Combustion has a beta of -0.03, suggesting that its stock price is 103% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Schmitt Industries and Clearsign Combustion, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Schmitt Industries 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clearsign Combustion 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Schmitt Industries and Clearsign Combustion’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Schmitt Industries $13.89 million 0.80 $210,000.00 N/A N/A
Clearsign Combustion $540,000.00 57.27 -$9.68 million N/A N/A

Schmitt Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Clearsign Combustion.


This table compares Schmitt Industries and Clearsign Combustion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Schmitt Industries 0.93% 1.51% 1.25%
Clearsign Combustion N/A -87.23% -74.90%


Schmitt Industries beats Clearsign Combustion on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Schmitt Industries

Schmitt Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells test and measurement products worldwide. The company's Balancer segment offers computer-controlled vibration detection, balancing, and process control systems. Its products comprise Schmitt Dynamic Balance System, which consists of a vibration sensor, a computer control unit, and a balance head; SB-5500, an optional acoustic emission monitoring system (AEMS) control card to monitor the AE signals generated on the grinding machine; process control cards to provide enhanced control of the grinding process; SB-2000, a compact manual balancing system; and AE-1000, an AE control platform, which reduces air machine grinding time. This segment sells its products to end user operators, as well as manufacturers of grinding machines for automotive, industrial, aerospace, and medical industries through independent manufacturers' representatives and distributors. Its Measurement segment provides laser and white light sensors for distance, dimensional, and area measurement for various commercial applications; and ultrasonic measurement products that measure the levels of liquid tanks and transmit that data through satellite to a secure Website for display. This segment's products include distance measurement, laser displacement, and chromatic confocal sensors, as well as laser line scanners; and remote tank monitoring products. The company offers its products under the SBS, Acuity, Xact, SMS, Lasercheck, and AccuProfile trademarks. Schmitt Industries, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

About Clearsign Combustion

ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops technologies to enhance emission and operational performance, energy efficiency, and overall cost-effectiveness of combustion systems in the United States. Its Duplex, Duplex Plug & Play, and Electrodynamic Combustion Control platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a range of markets, including energy, commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, and power industries. ClearSign Combustion Corporation was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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