Head to Head Review: Research Frontiers (REFR) vs. Its Peers

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

Volatility & Risk

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Research Frontiers and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Research Frontiers 0 0 1 0 3.00
Research Frontiers Competitors 70 278 573 9 2.56

Research Frontiers presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 203.03%. As a group, “Patent owners & lessors” companies have a potential upside of 14.09%. Given Research Frontiers’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Research Frontiers is more favorable than its peers.


This table compares Research Frontiers and its peers’ 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 -139.67% -94.16% -61.27%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

16.2% of Research Frontiers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.4% of shares of all “Patent owners & lessors” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.1% of Research Frontiers shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.6% of shares of all “Patent owners & lessors” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Research Frontiers and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Research Frontiers $1.51 million -$2.41 million -9.90
Research Frontiers Competitors $172.04 million $8.49 million 5.60

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


Research Frontiers peers beat Research Frontiers on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Research Frontiers Company Profile

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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