Ameresco (NYSE:AMRC) and China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp (NASDAQ:CADC) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Ameresco has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Ameresco and China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ameresco 0 1 2 0 2.67
China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ameresco currently has a consensus price target of $15.83, suggesting a potential upside of 3.76%. Given Ameresco’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Ameresco is more favorable than China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.9% of Ameresco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.7% of China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.9% of Ameresco shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 38.9% of China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ameresco and China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ameresco 6.43% 14.06% 4.71%
China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp 1.33% 5.33% 0.86%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ameresco and China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ameresco $717.15 million 0.98 $37.49 million $0.76 20.08
China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp $45.73 million 0.32 -$11.03 million N/A N/A

Ameresco has higher revenue and earnings than China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp.

Summary

Ameresco beats China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ameresco Company Profile

Ameresco, Inc. provides comprehensive energy services for businesses and organizations in North America and Europe. It offers energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, energy security and resilience, asset sustainability, and renewable energy solutions. The company operates through U.S. Regions, U.S. Federal, Canada, and Non-Solar Distributed Generation segments. It designs, develops, engineers, and installs projects that reduce the energy, as well as operations and maintenance costs of customers' facilities. The company's projects primarily include various measures customized for the facility and designed to enhance the efficiency of building systems, such as heating, ventilation, cooling, and lighting systems. It also offers renewable energy products and services, such as the construction of small-scale plants for customers that produce electricity, gas, heat, or cooling from renewable sources of energy; and sells electricity and processed renewable gas fuel, heat, or cooling. In addition, the company provides enterprise energy management and consulting services; and sells solar photovoltaic (PV) energy products and systems. It serves federal, state, and local governments, as well as healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned and operated 73 small-scale renewable energy plants and solar PV installations. Ameresco, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

China Advanced Constructn Mtrls Grp Company Profile

China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells construction materials for large scale infrastructure, commercial, and residential developments primarily in the People's Republic of China. Its products include ready-mixed concrete blends, controlled low-strength materials, high-strength concrete products with customized fibers, and soil cement and foundation concrete products; and compound admixture concrete, lightweight aggregate concrete, thermostat concrete, and C100 high performance concrete products. The company sells its concrete products primarily to local construction companies. Its target customers include general contractors, developers, design engineers, architects, and homebuilders. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. As of May 16, 2018, China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Hou Sing International Business Limited.

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