Financial Comparison: Revolution Lighting Technologies (RVLT) versus Orion Energy Systems (OESX)

Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ: RVLT) and Orion Energy Systems (NASDAQ:OESX) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.2% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.1% of Orion Energy Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.0% of Revolution Lighting Technologies shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of Orion Energy Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Orion Energy Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Revolution Lighting Technologies -32.91% -7.60% -3.92%
Orion Energy Systems -31.32% -57.15% -32.21%

Risk & Volatility

Revolution Lighting Technologies has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Orion Energy Systems has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Revolution Lighting Technologies and Orion Energy Systems, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Revolution Lighting Technologies 0 0 2 0 3.00
Orion Energy Systems 0 1 1 0 2.50

Revolution Lighting Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, suggesting a potential upside of 61.69%. Orion Energy Systems has a consensus target price of $1.50, suggesting a potential upside of 82.93%. Given Orion Energy Systems’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Orion Energy Systems is more favorable than Revolution Lighting Technologies.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Revolution Lighting Technologies and Orion Energy Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Revolution Lighting Technologies $152.30 million 0.59 -$53.90 million ($0.34) -11.82
Orion Energy Systems $70.21 million 0.34 -$12.28 million ($0.44) -1.86

Orion Energy Systems has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Revolution Lighting Technologies. Revolution Lighting Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Orion Energy Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Revolution Lighting Technologies beats Orion Energy Systems on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Revolution Lighting Technologies

Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets, and sells light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions focusing on the industrial, commercial, and government markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company offers interior and exterior LED lamps and fixtures, including signage and control systems. Its products are used for interior use, outdoor use, new fixture installation, retrofit installation, smart grid control systems, and integration of LED technology into custom applications. The company markets and distributes its products through electrical distributors and supply companies, electrical contractors, energy service companies, end-users, independent sales agencies and representatives, and electrical supply companies, as well as internal marketing and direct sales force. It serves military, municipal, commercial, industrial, warehouse, education, hospitality, retail, healthcare, multi-family, and signage-media-accent markets. The company was formerly known as Nexxus Lighting, Inc. and changed its name to Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. in November 2012. Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

About Orion Energy Systems

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 consisting of Apollo class of LED interior fixtures designed for new construction and retrofit projects, as well as offers ISON class of LED interior fixtures. The company also provides a range of smart building control systems that provide lighting control options and data intelligence capabilities for building managers under the InteLite brand, as well as procures from third parties; and various other LED, HIF, and induction fixtures for lighting and energy management needs, including 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. The company serves customers directly, as well as through independent sales agencies and electrical distributors. Orion Energy Systems, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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