Comparing Research Frontiers (REFR) and Its Competitors

Research Frontiers (NASDAQ: REFR) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Patent owners & lessors” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Research Frontiers to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.


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This table compares Research Frontiers and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Research Frontiers -160.08% -73.60% -65.73%
Research Frontiers Competitors -197.59% -238.60% -75.04%

Volatility and Risk

Research Frontiers has a beta of -0.02, indicating that its share price is 102% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Research Frontiers’ rivals have a beta of 1.82, indicating that their average share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Research Frontiers and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Research Frontiers 0 0 1 0 3.00
Research Frontiers Competitors 70 277 570 9 2.56

Research Frontiers presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 191.26%. As a group, “Patent owners & lessors” companies have a potential upside of 19.58%. Given Research Frontiers’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Research Frontiers is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Research Frontiers and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Research Frontiers $1.51 million -$2.41 million -10.30
Research Frontiers Competitors $172.04 million $9.57 million 6.47

Research Frontiers’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Research Frontiers. Research Frontiers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.2% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.5% of shares of all “Patent owners & lessors” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.1% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 19.5% of shares of all “Patent owners & lessors” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Research Frontiers rivals beat Research Frontiers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Research Frontiers

Research Frontiers Incorporated develops and markets technology and devices to control the flow of light in the United States. The company develops and licenses suspended particle device (SPD-Smart) light-control technology to companies that manufacture and market the SPD-Smart chemical emulsion, light-control film made from the chemical emulsion, the light-control panels made by laminating the film, lamination services, and electronics to power end-products incorporating the film, as well as the end-products, such as windows, skylights, and sunroofs. Its SPD-Smart light-control technology is used in various product applications, including windows, sunshades, skylights, and interior partitions for homes and buildings; automotive windows, sunroofs, sun-visors, sunshades, rear-view mirrors, instrument panels, and navigation systems; aircraft windows; eyewear products; and flat panel displays for electronic products. Research Frontiers Incorporated was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Woodbury, New York.

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