Analyzing Natcore Technology (NTCXF) and LightPath Technologies (LPTH)

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Natcore Technology (OTCMKTS:NTCXF) and LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.7% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Natcore Technology and LightPath Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Natcore Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
LightPath Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67

LightPath Technologies has a consensus target price of $2.88, suggesting a potential upside of 61.52%. Given LightPath Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe LightPath Technologies is more favorable than Natcore Technology.

Profitability

This table compares Natcore Technology and LightPath Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -452.90%
LightPath Technologies 0.77% 1.45% 1.07%

Risk and Volatility

Natcore Technology has a beta of -5.1, indicating that its stock price is 610% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LightPath Technologies has a beta of -0.76, indicating that its stock price is 176% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Natcore Technology and LightPath Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -$1.27 million N/A N/A
LightPath Technologies $32.53 million 1.41 $1.06 million $0.04 44.50

LightPath Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Natcore Technology.

Summary

LightPath Technologies beats Natcore Technology on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Natcore Technology Company Profile

Natcore Technology Inc., a research and development company, develops and owns technology for the manufacturing of solar cells. The company offers laser-processed back-contact cells and liquid phase deposition technology, which enables the controlled deposition of silicon dioxide and mixed silicon oxides from an aqueous solution at ambient temperatures and pressures. It focuses on using its nanotechnology discoveries to enable various applications consisting of laser processing, tandem quantum-dot solar cells, and Natcore Foil Cell structure. The company also provides technical consultancy services for the design and construction of solar cell/solar panel fabrication facilities, and solar power plants. Natcore Technology Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

LightPath Technologies Company Profile

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical and infrared components. Its products include molded glass and assemblies; infrared molded lenses, diamond turned, conventional ground and polished ground lenses and assemblies; and Gradium lenses. It supports a range of customers in the field of industrial, laser, defense, medical, telecommunications, and instrumentation. The company was founded on June 15, 1992 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.

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