Preformed Line Products (NASDAQ: PLPC) and Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ:RVLT) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.7% of Preformed Line Products shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.3% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 37.7% of Preformed Line Products shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 42.0% of Revolution Lighting Technologies 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.

Profitability

This table compares Preformed Line Products and Revolution Lighting Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Preformed Line Products 4.64% 7.30% 4.85%
Revolution Lighting Technologies -3.94% -2.39% -1.36%

Volatility and Risk

Preformed Line Products has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Revolution Lighting Technologies has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Preformed Line Products and Revolution Lighting Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Preformed Line Products $336.63 million 0.97 $15.25 million $3.33 19.22
Revolution Lighting Technologies $172.10 million 0.48 -$520,000.00 ($0.32) -12.03

Preformed Line Products has higher revenue and earnings than Revolution Lighting Technologies. Revolution Lighting Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Preformed Line Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Preformed Line Products and Revolution Lighting Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Preformed Line Products 0 0 0 0 N/A
Revolution Lighting Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00

Revolution Lighting Technologies has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 68.83%. Given Revolution Lighting Technologies’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Revolution Lighting Technologies is more favorable than Preformed Line Products.

Summary

Preformed Line Products beats Revolution Lighting Technologies on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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