Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ: RVLT) and Preformed Line Products (NASDAQ:PLPC) are both small-cap technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Preformed Line Products’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Revolution Lighting Technologies||$172.10 million||0.42||-$520,000.00||($0.31)||-11.00|
|Preformed Line Products||$336.63 million||0.92||$15.25 million||$3.33||18.26|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
40.3% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.5% of Preformed Line Products shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.0% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 37.7% of Preformed Line Products shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk & Volatility
Revolution Lighting Technologies has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Preformed Line Products has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Preformed Line Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Revolution Lighting Technologies||-5.85%||-8.33%||-4.71%|
|Preformed Line Products||4.64%||7.30%||4.85%|
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Revolution Lighting Technologies and Preformed Line Products, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Revolution Lighting Technologies||0||0||2||0||3.00|
|Preformed Line Products||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Revolution Lighting Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 90.62%. Given Revolution Lighting Technologies’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Revolution Lighting Technologies is more favorable than Preformed Line Products.
Preformed Line Products pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Revolution Lighting Technologies does not pay a dividend. Preformed Line Products pays out 24.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Preformed Line Products beats Revolution Lighting Technologies on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Revolution Lighting Technologies
Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and sells commercial grade light-emitting diode (LED) and conventional lighting fixtures. The Company operates in Lighting Products and Solutions (principally LED fixtures and lamps) segment. The Company’s products are used for outdoor and indoor applications, LED-based signage, channel-letter and contour lighting products, LED replacement lamps and commercial grade smart grid control systems. It sells its LED products under the RVLT, Seesmart, Lumificient, Value Lighting, Array and CMG brand names. The Company’s commercial lamps and fixtures products include the commercial indoor and outdoor lighting products, such as linear tube lighting, multi-family lighting, commercial troffer lighting and street lighting. It caters to municipal and commercial markets, which include industrial, hospitality, institutional, educational, healthcare and signage markets in the United States, Canada and internationally.
About Preformed Line Products
Preformed Line Products Company (PLPC) is a designer and manufacturer of products and systems employed in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for the energy, telecommunication, cable operators and information industries. The Company’s products include Formed Wire and Related Hardware Products, Protective Closures, Plastic Products and Other Products. The Company operates through four segments: PLP-USA (including corporate), The Americas (includes operations in North and South America without PLP-USA), EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia-Pacific. The Company’s PLP-USA segment consists of its United States operations manufacturing its traditional products primarily supporting its domestic energy, telecommunications and solar products. Its other three segments, The Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, support its energy, telecommunications, data communication and solar products in each respective geographical region.
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