Head-To-Head Analysis: Chase (NYSE:CCF) versus Energy Focus (NASDAQ:EFOI)

Chase (NYSE:CCFGet Rating) and Energy Focus (NASDAQ:EFOIGet Rating) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.4% of Chase shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.1% of Energy Focus shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.0% of Chase shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of Energy Focus shares are owned by company 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chase 13.72% 13.61% 10.58%
Energy Focus -137.48% -276.44% -85.25%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Chase and Energy Focus’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chase $325.66 million 2.73 $44.67 million $4.70 19.96
Energy Focus $9.86 million 0.38 -$7.89 million ($1.58) -0.25

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

Volatility & Risk

Chase has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Focus has a beta of 1.88, indicating that its stock price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Chase and Energy Focus, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chase 0 0 0 0 N/A
Energy Focus 0 1 0 0 2.00

Energy Focus has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1,448.39%. Given Energy Focus’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Energy Focus is more favorable than Chase.

Summary

Chase beats Energy Focus on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chase

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Chase Corporation, a specialty chemicals company, manufactures and sells protective materials for various applications worldwide. It operates through three segments: Adhesives, Sealants and Additives; Industrial Tapes; and Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing. The Adhesives, Sealants and Additives segment offers protective conformal and moisture protective electronic coatings and cleaning solutions; advanced adhesives, sealants, and coatings; polymeric microspheres; polyurethane dispersions; superabsorbent polymers; and cleaning and protection solutions for electronic assemblies. The Industrial Tapes segment provides wire and cable materials; specialty tapes and related products; insulating and conducting materials; laminated durable papers; water-blocking compounds; laminated film foils and cover tapes; and pulling and detection tapes. The Corrosion Protection and Waterproofing segment offers protective pipe-coating tapes and other protectants; polymeric asphalt additives; waterproofing membranes; waterproofing sealants, expansion joints, and accessories; technological products, and tapes and membranes; specialized high-performance coating and lining systems; waterproofing and corrosion protection systems; and pipeline protection tapes and products. It sells its products through its salespeople, as well as manufacturers' representatives and distributors. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Westwood, Massachusetts.

About Energy Focus

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Energy Focus, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells energy-efficient lighting systems, and controls and ultraviolet-C light disinfection products in the United States and internationally. It offers military maritime market light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products, such as Military-grade Intellitube retrofit TLED and the Invisitube ultra-low EMI TLED; and Military-grade fixtures, including LED globe lights, berth lights; high-bay fixtures and LED retrofit kits to serve the United States navy and allied foreign navies. The company also provides RedCap emergency battery backup TLEDs; EnFocus lighting platform, including dimming and color tuning; LED replacement fixtures for linear fluorescent lamps, downlights, and retrofit kits for low-bay, high-bay and office applications; LED dock lights; and nUVo tower and nUVo traveler portable UVCD air disinfectors. It sells its products to military maritime, industrial, and commercial markets through direct sales employees, independent sales representatives, electrical and lighting contractors, and distributors, as well as via e-commerce. The company was formerly known as Fiberstars, Inc. and changed its name to Energy Focus, Inc. in May 2007. Energy Focus, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Solon, Ohio.

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