Analyzing LightPath Technologies (LPTH) & Natcore Technology (NTCXF)

LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) and Natcore Technology (OTCMKTS:NTCXF) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

LightPath Technologies has a beta of -0.76, suggesting that its share price is 176% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natcore Technology has a beta of -5.1, suggesting that its share price is 610% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LightPath Technologies and Natcore Technology’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LightPath Technologies $32.53 million 1.29 $1.06 million $0.04 40.75
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -$1.27 million N/A N/A

LightPath Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Natcore Technology.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for LightPath Technologies and Natcore Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LightPath Technologies 0 1 2 0 2.67
Natcore Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

LightPath Technologies currently has a consensus price target of $2.88, suggesting a potential upside of 76.38%. Given LightPath Technologies’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe LightPath Technologies is more favorable than Natcore Technology.

Profitability

This table compares LightPath Technologies and Natcore Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LightPath Technologies 0.77% 1.45% 1.07%
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -452.90%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

26.7% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of LightPath Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

LightPath Technologies beats Natcore Technology on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

LightPath Technologies Company Profile

LightPath Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes optical and infrared components. Its products include molded glass and assemblies; infrared molded lenses, diamond turned, conventional ground and polished ground lenses and assemblies; and Gradium lenses. It supports a range of customers in the field of industrial, laser, defense, medical, telecommunications, and instrumentation. The company was founded on June 15, 1992 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.

Natcore Technology Company Profile

Natcore Technology Inc., a research and development company, develops and owns technology for the manufacturing of solar cells. The company offers laser-processed back-contact cells and liquid phase deposition technology, which enables the controlled deposition of silicon dioxide and mixed silicon oxides from an aqueous solution at ambient temperatures and pressures. It focuses on using its nanotechnology discoveries to enable various applications consisting of laser processing, tandem quantum-dot solar cells, and Natcore Foil Cell structure. The company also provides technical consultancy services for the design and construction of solar cell/solar panel fabrication facilities, and solar power plants. Natcore Technology Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

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