Financial Comparison: Micro Imaging Technology (OTCMKTS:MMTC) versus Research Frontiers (OTCMKTS:REFR)

Micro Imaging Technology (OTCMKTS:MMTC) and Research Frontiers (NASDAQ:REFR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.8% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by institutional investors. 47.4% of Micro Imaging Technology shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.6% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Micro Imaging Technology and Research Frontiers’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Micro Imaging Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Research Frontiers $1.49 million 85.60 -$2.69 million ($0.09) -45.67

Micro Imaging Technology has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Research Frontiers.


This table compares Micro Imaging Technology and Research Frontiers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Micro Imaging Technology N/A N/A N/A
Research Frontiers -239.63% -86.28% -62.56%

Risk & Volatility

Micro Imaging Technology has a beta of -2.72, indicating that its stock price is 372% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Research Frontiers has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Micro Imaging Technology and Research Frontiers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Micro Imaging Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A
Research Frontiers 0 0 1 0 3.00

Research Frontiers has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential downside of 27.01%. Given Research Frontiers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Research Frontiers is more favorable than Micro Imaging Technology.


Research Frontiers beats Micro Imaging Technology on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Micro Imaging Technology Company Profile

Micro Imaging Technology, Inc., a development stage company, engages in the development of fluid monitoring systems for water monitoring, food processing, and clinical applications in the United States. The company is developing a non-biologically based system utilizing both proprietary hardware and software to determine the specific specie of an unknown microbe present in a fluid with a high degree of statistical probability. It would analyze a sample presented to it and compares its characteristics to a library of known microbe characteristics on file. The company was formerly known as Electropure, Inc. and changed its name to Micro Imaging Technology, Inc. in November 2005. Micro Imaging Technology, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in San Clemente, California.

Research Frontiers Company Profile

Research Frontiers Incorporated develops and markets technology and devices to control the flow of light worldwide. The company develops and licenses suspended particle device (SPD-Smart) light-control technology to companies that manufacture and market the SPD-Smart chemical emulsion, light-control film made from the chemical emulsion, the light-control panels made by laminating the film, and electronics to power end-products incorporating the film, as well as lamination services for and the end-products, such as windows, skylights, and sunroofs. Its SPD-Smart light-control technology is used in various product applications, including windows, sunshades, skylights, and interior partitions for homes and buildings; automotive windows, sunroofs, sun-visors, sunshades, rear-view mirrors, instrument panels, and navigation systems; aircraft windows; museum display panels and eyewear products; and flat panel displays for electronic products. The company serves automotive, aerospace and marine, and architectural industries. Research Frontiers Incorporated was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Woodbury, New York.

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