Smart Sand (NASDAQ:SND) and Emerge Energy Services (OTCMKTS:EMESQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Smart Sand and Emerge Energy Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smart Sand 1 2 1 0 2.00
Emerge Energy Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Smart Sand currently has a consensus price target of $2.28, indicating a potential upside of 84.14%. Given Smart Sand’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Smart Sand is more favorable than Emerge Energy Services.

Profitability

This table compares Smart Sand and Emerge Energy Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smart Sand 9.56% 12.12% 8.18%
Emerge Energy Services N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.4% of Smart Sand shares are owned by institutional investors. 50.4% of Smart Sand shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Smart Sand and Emerge Energy Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Smart Sand $233.07 million 0.22 $31.62 million $1.07 1.16
Emerge Energy Services $313.59 million 0.00 -$128.54 million N/A N/A

Smart Sand has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Emerge Energy Services.

Summary

Smart Sand beats Emerge Energy Services on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Smart Sand

Smart Sand, Inc. engages in the excavation, processing, and sale of industrial sands for use in hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry in the United States. The company sells its products primarily to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, and oilfield service companies. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 321 million tons of proven recoverable sand reserves. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

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