Reviewing LSI Industries (NASDAQ:LYTS) and Energy Focus (EFOI)

LSI Industries (NASDAQ: LYTS) and Energy Focus (NASDAQ:EFOI) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.5% of LSI Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.2% of Energy Focus shares are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of LSI Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of Energy Focus shares are held by 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.


LSI Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Energy Focus does not pay a dividend. LSI Industries pays out 133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

LSI Industries has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Focus has a beta of -0.23, suggesting that its share price is 123% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for LSI Industries and Energy Focus, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LSI Industries 0 1 1 0 2.50
Energy Focus 0 2 3 0 2.60

LSI Industries presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 43.37%. Energy Focus has a consensus price target of $6.70, indicating a potential upside of 240.10%. Given Energy Focus’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Energy Focus is more favorable than LSI Industries.


This table compares LSI Industries and Energy Focus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LSI Industries 1.13% 3.77% 2.83%
Energy Focus -72.83% -43.27% -36.91%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares LSI Industries and Energy Focus’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LSI Industries $328.82 million 0.43 $15.88 million $0.15 37.20
Energy Focus $25.56 million 0.91 -$15.15 million ($1.59) -1.24

LSI Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Energy Focus. Energy Focus is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than LSI Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


LSI Industries beats Energy Focus on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LSI Industries

LSI Industries Inc. is a provider of corporate visual image solutions to the petroleum/convenience store industry. The Company designs and develops aspects of the solid-state light emitting diode (LED) lighting, from the electronic circuit board, to the software to drive and control the LEDs, to the structure of the LED product. It operates through three segments: Lighting, Graphics and Technology. The Lighting Segment manufactures and markets outdoor and indoor lighting and lighting controls for the commercial, industrial and multi-site retail markets, including the quick-service and automotive markets. The Graphics Segment manufactures and sells exterior and interior visual image elements related to signage and graphics, including integrated digital solutions. The Technology Segment designs, engineers, and manufactures electronic circuit boards, assemblies, lighting controls and large format solid state LED video displays. The Company provides a range of lighting control solutions.

About Energy Focus

Energy Focus, Inc. along with its subsidiaries is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, installation and sale of lighting systems. The Company is engaged in developing and selling of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products for military maritime market, and general commercial and industrial markets. It produces, sources and/or markets a range of lighting technologies to serve its primary end markets. It offers military maritime products, such as Military Intellitube, military globe lights and military berth light to serve the United States navy and allied foreign navies. It offers commercial products, such as direct-wire tubular LED (TLED) replacements for linear fluorescent lamps, LED dock lights, low-bay and high-bay lighting for high-intensity discharge applications and LED retrofit kits to serve general commercial and industrial markets.

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