Analyzing Orion Energy Systems (OESX) & Lighting Science Group (LSCG)

Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ:OESX) and Lighting Science Group (OTCMKTS:LSCG) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Orion Energy Systems and Lighting Science Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Orion Energy Systems $60.30 million 0.43 -$13.12 million ($0.38) -2.32
Lighting Science Group $52.70 million 0.04 -$15.59 million N/A N/A

Orion Energy Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Lighting Science Group.


This table compares Orion Energy Systems and Lighting Science Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Orion Energy Systems -15.03% -35.90% -19.24%
Lighting Science Group N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

41.1% of Orion Energy Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.4% of Orion Energy Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 91.4% of Lighting Science Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Orion Energy Systems and Lighting Science Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Orion Energy Systems 0 1 1 0 2.50
Lighting Science Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Orion Energy Systems currently has a consensus target price of $1.50, suggesting a potential upside of 70.45%. Given Orion Energy Systems’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Orion Energy Systems is more favorable than Lighting Science Group.

Risk and Volatility

Orion Energy Systems has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lighting Science Group has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Orion Energy Systems beats Lighting Science Group on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Orion Energy Systems Company Profile

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.

Lighting Science Group Company Profile

Lighting Science Group Corporation designs, develops, and markets general illumination products that use light emitting diodes (LEDs) as their light source for retailers and original equipment manufacturers in the United States. It offers a range of LED retrofit lamps to fit into existing light fixtures as replacements for traditional incandescent, compact fluorescent, and halogen lamps; and LED luminaires comprising FreeLED, a street lighting solution that uses solar energy as its power source. The company also provides biological lighting products, which include Good Night and Good Day circadian replacement lamps, VividGro grow light product, MyNature Coastal lamps and outdoor luminaires, and MyNature Grow lighting lamps and high bay luminaires. It serves Residential and office, Retail and hospitality, Government-owned and private infrastructure, and School and university markets through branded and co-branded private label programs, direct sales force, distributors, and independent sales agents. Lighting Science Group Corporation was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

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