Critical Analysis: Yield10 Bioscience (YTEN) and Lightwave Logic (LWLG)

Yield10 Bioscience (NASDAQ:YTEN) and Lightwave Logic (OTCMKTS:LWLG) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Yield10 Bioscience and Lightwave Logic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Yield10 Bioscience -1,377.53% -101.61% -76.35%
Lightwave Logic N/A -129.17% -112.47%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Yield10 Bioscience and Lightwave Logic’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Yield10 Bioscience $940,000.00 15.33 -$9.39 million ($3.29) -0.44
Lightwave Logic N/A N/A -$5.74 million N/A N/A

Lightwave Logic has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Yield10 Bioscience.

Risk and Volatility

Yield10 Bioscience has a beta of 2.91, meaning that its share price is 191% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lightwave Logic has a beta of -0.25, meaning that its share price is 125% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Yield10 Bioscience and Lightwave Logic, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Yield10 Bioscience 0 0 1 0 3.00
Lightwave Logic 0 0 0 0 N/A

Yield10 Bioscience currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 386.11%. Given Yield10 Bioscience’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Yield10 Bioscience is more favorable than Lightwave Logic.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.6% of Yield10 Bioscience shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Lightwave Logic shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Yield10 Bioscience shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% of Lightwave Logic shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Yield10 Bioscience beats Lightwave Logic on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Yield10 Bioscience Company Profile

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., an agricultural bioscience company, engages in developing disruptive technologies for enhancing crop yield in the United States and Canada. The company, through its Smart Carbon Grid for Crops and T3 platforms, is involved in improving fundamental crop yield through enhanced photosynthetic carbon capture, as well as increased carbon utilization efficiency to increase seed yield. The company was formerly known as Metabolix, Inc. and changed its name to Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. in January 2017. Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Lightwave Logic Company Profile

Lightwave Logic, Inc., a technology company, focuses on the development of photonic devices and non-linear optical polymer materials systems for the fiber-optic data communications and optical computing markets in the United States. It operates through two segments, Materials Development, and Prototype Device Design and Development. The Materials Development segment is involved in designing and synthesizing organic chromophores for use in its electro-optic polymer systems and photonic device designs. The Prototype Device Design and Development segment offers Electro-optic Modulators, which converts data from electric signals to optical signals that can then be transmitted over fiber-optic cables; and Polymer Photonic Integrated Circuits, a photonic device, which integrates various photonic functions on a single chip. The company is also developing the Ridge Waveguide modulator, a type of modulator that fabricates the waveguide within a layer of its electro-optic polymer systems. It intends to sells its products to electro-optic device manufacturers, such as telecommunications component and systems manufacturers, networking and switching suppliers, semiconductor and aerospace companies, and government agencies. The company was formerly known as Third-order Nanotechnologies, Inc. and changed its name to Lightwave Logic, Inc. in March 2008. Lightwave Logic, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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