Reviewing Research Frontiers (REFR) & Health Discovery (HDVY)

Health Discovery (OTCMKTS:HDVY) and Research Frontiers (NASDAQ:REFR) are both medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and dividends.


This table compares Health Discovery and Research Frontiers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Health Discovery N/A N/A N/A
Research Frontiers -179.70% -77.54% -63.34%

Risk and Volatility

Health Discovery has a beta of 3.76, meaning that its stock price is 276% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Research Frontiers has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Health Discovery and Research Frontiers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Health Discovery 0 0 0 0 N/A
Research Frontiers 0 0 1 0 3.00

Research Frontiers has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.14%. Given Research Frontiers’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Research Frontiers is more favorable than Health Discovery.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.6% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.5% of Research Frontiers shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Health Discovery and Research Frontiers’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Health Discovery N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Research Frontiers $1.49 million 53.87 -$2.69 million ($0.09) -31.11

Health Discovery has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Research Frontiers.


Research Frontiers beats Health Discovery on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Health Discovery

Health Discovery Corporation operates as a pattern recognition company that uses mathematical techniques to analyze data to uncover patterns primarily in the field of molecular diagnostics in the United States. The company's intellectual property include Support Vector Machines (SVM), which are mathematical algorithms that allow computers to sift through datasets to identify patterns; recursive feature elimination SVM that identifies and rank orders the data points that contribute the desired results; FGM, which enhances the mapping of genetic pathways involved in the diagnosis and prevention of certain diseases; and biomarkers, which are biological indicators or genetic expression signatures of certain disease states. It also develops a blood test for prostate cancer; and diagnostic test to interpret flow cell cytometry data for myelodysplastic syndrome, as well as provides an image analysis tool for cytogenetic analysis. The company holds a license agreement with NeoGenomics Laboratories, Inc. to develop and sell products in the laboratory testing, molecular diagnostics, clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, and digital image analysis fields. Health Discovery Corporation was founded in 2001 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Research Frontiers

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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