Spherix (SPEX) & Acacia Research (ACTG) Head-To-Head Review

Spherix (NASDAQ:SPEX) and Acacia Research (NASDAQ:ACTG) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Spherix and Acacia Research’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spherix $1.23 million 5.90 -$3.30 million N/A N/A
Acacia Research $65.40 million 2.29 $22.18 million $2.97 1.02

Acacia Research has higher revenue and earnings than Spherix.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Spherix and Acacia Research, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spherix 0 0 0 0 N/A
Acacia Research 1 0 0 0 1.00

Acacia Research has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 65.56%. Given Acacia Research’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Acacia Research is more favorable than Spherix.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.6% of Spherix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.6% of Acacia Research shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Spherix shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of Acacia Research shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Spherix and Acacia Research’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spherix N/A -36.48% -24.85%
Acacia Research -237.71% -20.66% -18.77%

Risk & Volatility

Spherix has a beta of -0.3, suggesting that its share price is 130% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acacia Research has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Acacia Research beats Spherix on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Spherix Company Profile

Spherix Incorporated, an intellectual property company, owns, develops, acquires, and monetizes patented and unpatented intellectual properties. The company owns approximately 290 patents and patent applications. Its patent portfolio includes the U.S. and foreign patents and pending patent applications in the wireless communications and telecommunication sectors, including data, optical and voice technology, antenna technology, Wi-Fi, base station functionality, and cellular. Spherix Incorporated was founded in 1967 and is based in New York, New York.

Acacia Research Company Profile

Acacia Research Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, invests in, licenses, and enforces patented technologies. It assists patent owners with the prosecution and development of their patent portfolios; protection of their patented inventions from unauthorized use; generation of licensing revenue from users of their patented technologies; and enforcement against unauthorized users of their patented technologies through the filing of patent infringement litigation. The company owns or controls the rights to various patent portfolios, which include U.S. patents and foreign counterparts covering technologies used in a range of industries. It has executed approximately 1,550 license agreements and 193 patent portfolio licensing and enforcement programs. Acacia Research Corporation was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

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