Reviewing Johnson Controls International (JCI) and Applied DNA Sciences (APDN)

Johnson Controls International (NYSE: JCI) and Applied DNA Sciences (NASDAQ:APDN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Johnson Controls International and Applied DNA Sciences, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Johnson Controls International 2 8 6 0 2.25
Applied DNA Sciences 0 0 1 0 3.00

Johnson Controls International presently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.12%. Applied DNA Sciences has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 278.90%. Given Applied DNA Sciences’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Applied DNA Sciences is more favorable than Johnson Controls International.

Volatility and Risk

Johnson Controls International has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Applied DNA Sciences has a beta of -0.99, suggesting that its share price is 199% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Johnson Controls International and Applied DNA Sciences’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Johnson Controls International 6.83% 11.60% 4.89%
Applied DNA Sciences -232.92% -150.52% -119.62%


Johnson Controls International pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Applied DNA Sciences does not pay a dividend. Johnson Controls International pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Johnson Controls International and Applied DNA Sciences’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Johnson Controls International $30.17 billion 1.05 $1.61 billion $2.60 13.10
Applied DNA Sciences $4.75 million 8.36 -$12.85 million N/A N/A

Johnson Controls International has higher revenue and earnings than Applied DNA Sciences.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.3% of Johnson Controls International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.4% of Applied DNA Sciences shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Johnson Controls International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.4% of Applied DNA Sciences shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Johnson Controls International beats Applied DNA Sciences on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Johnson Controls International

Johnson Controls International plc operates as a diversified technology and multi industrial company worldwide. The company operates through Building Technologies & Solutions and Power Solutions segments. It designs, sells, controls, installs heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. The company also provides residential air conditioning and heating systems, and industrial refrigeration products, as well as technical and energy management consulting services. In addition, it designs, sells, installs, services, and monitors electronic security systems, and fire detection and suppression systems; and manufactures and sells intrusion security products, anti-theft devices, breathing apparatus, and access control and video management systems for commercial, industrial, retail, residential, small business, institutional, and governmental customers. Further, the company produces and supplies lead-acid automotive batteries for passenger cars, light trucks, and utility vehicles, as well as advanced battery technologies to power start-stop, hybrid, and electric vehicles. It offers its lead-acid automotive batteries to automotive original equipment manufacturers and the general vehicle battery aftermarket. The company was formerly known as Johnson Controls, Inc. and changed its name to Johnson Controls International plc in September 2016. Johnson Controls International plc was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Cork, Ireland.

About Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. provides biotechnology based security solutions for supply chain security, brand protection, and law enforcement applications in the United States, Europe, Asia, and internationally. The company's supply chain security and product authentication solutions include SigNature molecular tags that are ingredients used to fortify brand protection efforts and strengthen supply chain security, as well as mark, track, and convict criminals; SigNature T molecular tags, which are tagging and authentication systems for use in brand protection efforts and raw material source compliance programs; and fiberTyping, a test of native cotton fiber DNA. It also provides DNAnet, a DNA marker to link evidence and offenders to specific crime scenes; Beacon locked optical markers, which create a protected covert screening tool that can be adapted to packaging, security labels, and high?value assets through inks, varnishes, and coatings; and SigNify IF portable DNA reader that provides real-time authentication of in the field?DNA. In addition, the company offers digitalDNA, a software platform to manage the security of company-marked goods from point of marking to point of authentication or validation to end of life; and DNA Transfer Systems, which offer remote Internet access for real-time monitoring. Further, it provides CertainT Supply Chain Platform that provides proof of product claims for materials, items, or products; and Triathlon PCR systems that allow for the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. has a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center; and a collaboration agreement with Colorcon, Inc. The company was formerly known as Datalink Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. in 2002. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Stony Brook, New York.

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