Sql Technologies C (OTCMKTS:SQFL) and Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ:OESX) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Sql Technologies C and Orion Energy Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sql Technologies C -188.87% N/A -97.41%
Orion Energy Systems -13.52% -36.26% -19.02%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.9% of Orion Energy Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 50.2% of Sql Technologies C shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.4% of Orion Energy Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sql Technologies C and Orion Energy Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sql Technologies C $7.70 million 21.65 -$26.71 million N/A N/A
Orion Energy Systems $60.30 million 0.36 -$13.12 million ($0.38) -1.95

Orion Energy Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Sql Technologies C.

Risk & Volatility

Sql Technologies C has a beta of -2.42, suggesting that its share price is 342% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Energy Systems has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Sql Technologies C and Orion Energy Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sql Technologies C 0 0 0 0 N/A
Orion Energy Systems 0 1 1 0 2.50

Orion Energy Systems has a consensus target price of $1.43, suggesting a potential upside of 91.92%. Given Orion Energy Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Orion Energy Systems is more favorable than Sql Technologies C.

Summary

Orion Energy Systems beats Sql Technologies C on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sql Technologies C

SQL Technologies Corp. manufactures and sells ceiling fans and lighting fixtures to large retailers under the General Electric brand through retail and online sales. The company was formerly known as Safety Quick Lighting & Fans Corp. and changed its name to SQL Technologies Corp. in August 2016. SQL Technologies Corp. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia.

About Orion Energy Systems

Orion Energy Systems, Inc. researches, designs, develops, manufactures, implements, markets, and sells energy management systems for the commercial office and retail, area lighting, and industrial markets in North America. The company operates in three segments: Orion U.S. Markets Division, Orion Engineered Systems Division, and Orion Distribution Services Division. It offers LED Troffer Door Retrofit for use in office or retail grid ceilings; and LED interior high bay lighting products, including Apollo class of LED interior fixtures designed for new construction and retrofit projects, as well as ISON class of LED interior fixtures. The company also provides an array of smart building control systems, which provide lighting control options and data intelligence capabilities for building managers under the InteLite brand or procured from third parties; and various other LED, HIF, and induction fixtures for lighting and energy management needs comprising fixtures for agribusinesses, parking lots, roadways, retail, mezzanine, outdoor applications, and private label resale. In addition, it offers lighting-related energy management services, such as site assessment, site field verification, utility incentive and government subsidy management, engineering design, project management, and installation; and sells and distributes replacement lamps and fixture components into the after-market. The company serves customers directly; and through independent sales agencies and distributors, and energy service companies and electrical contractors. Orion Energy Systems, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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