Head-To-Head Contrast: Research Frontiers (REFR) vs. Finjan (FNJN)

Research Frontiers (NASDAQ: REFR) and Finjan (NASDAQ:FNJN) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.


This table compares Research Frontiers and Finjan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Research Frontiers -145.67% -73.63% -64.80%
Finjan N/A 95.86% 47.19%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Research Frontiers and Finjan, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Research Frontiers 0 0 1 0 3.00
Finjan 0 0 2 0 3.00

Research Frontiers presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 270.37%. Finjan has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 72.41%. Given Research Frontiers’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Research Frontiers is more favorable than Finjan.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Research Frontiers and Finjan’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Research Frontiers $1.51 million 13.64 -$2.41 million ($0.10) -8.10
Finjan $50.48 million 1.59 $22.81 million $0.35 8.29

Finjan has higher revenue and earnings than Research Frontiers. Research Frontiers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Finjan, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.7% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.1% of Finjan shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of Finjan shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Research Frontiers has a beta of -0.05, suggesting that its share price is 105% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Finjan has a beta of -0.6, suggesting that its share price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Finjan beats Research Frontiers on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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; museum display panels and eyewear products; and flat panel displays for electronic products. The company serves aerospace, architectural, automotive, and marine industries. Research Frontiers Incorporated was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Woodbury, New York.

About Finjan

Finjan Holdings, Inc., a cybersecurity company, provides intellectual property licensing and enforcement services in the United States and internationally. The company owns a portfolio of patents related to software and hardware technologies that proactively detect malicious code and thereby protects end users from identity and data theft, spyware, malware, phishing, Trojans, and other Web and network threats. Its patented technologies are used in specific cybersecurity technology areas, including endpoint/cloud software, Web gateway/Internet infrastructure, networking equipment markets, and mobile security. The company's technology scans and repels the latest and unknown threats to network, Web, and endpoint devices on a real-time basis. It also develops mobile security applications; invests in cybersecurity technologies and intellectual property; and provides cyber risk and cyber security advisory services provides. Finjan Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in East Palo Alto, California.

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