Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ: RVLT) and Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and profitabiliy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Revolution Lighting Technologies and Houston Wire & Cable Company, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Revolution Lighting Technologies 0 0 1 0 3.00
Houston Wire & Cable Company 0 0 1 0 3.00

Revolution Lighting Technologies presently has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 91.74%. Houston Wire & Cable Company has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 37.93%. Given Revolution Lighting Technologies’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Revolution Lighting Technologies is more favorable than Houston Wire & Cable Company.

Risk & Volatility

Revolution Lighting Technologies has a beta of 3.75, suggesting that its stock price is 275% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Houston Wire & Cable Company has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.4% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.8% of Houston Wire & Cable Company shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.0% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.0% of Houston Wire & Cable Company shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Houston Wire & Cable Company’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Revolution Lighting Technologies $175.10 million 0.81 $10.00 million ($0.14) -48.43
Houston Wire & Cable Company $275.64 million 0.35 -$275,999.00 ($0.39) -14.87

Revolution Lighting Technologies has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Houston Wire & Cable Company. Revolution Lighting Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Houston Wire & Cable Company, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Houston Wire & Cable Company’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Revolution Lighting Technologies -1.64% 1.27% 0.74%
Houston Wire & Cable Company -2.28% -4.09% -2.33%

Dividends

Houston Wire & Cable Company pays an annual dividend of $0.03 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Revolution Lighting Technologies does not pay a dividend. Houston Wire & Cable Company pays out -7.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Revolution Lighting Technologies beats Houston Wire & Cable Company on 9 of the 13 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 Houston Wire & Cable Company

Houston Wire & Cable Company is a holding company. The Company is engaged in provision of electrical and mechanical wire and cable, hardware and related services. It operates through sales of wire and cable, hardware and related services segment in the United States market. Its cable management program includes purchasing and storing inventory for product availability. The Company offers products in categories of wire and cable, including continuous and interlocked armor cable; control and power cable; electronic wire and cable; flexible and portable cord; instrumentation and thermocouple cable; lead and high temperature cable; medium voltage cable; premise and category wire and cable; primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable, and synthetic fiber rope slings, chain, shackles, and other related hardware. The Company also offers private branded products, including its brand LifeGuard, a low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) cable. Its products are used in repair and replacement work.

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