Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA) and Sandston (OTCMKTS:SDON) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.6% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.3% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 43.2% of Sandston shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives and Sandston, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives 0 1 0 0 2.00
Sandston 0 0 0 0 N/A

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives currently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 132.56%. Given Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives is more favorable than Sandston.

Profitability

This table compares Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives and Sandston’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives -0.14% -11.34% 3.56%
Sandston N/A N/A -9,451.05%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives and Sandston’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives $779.34 million 0.09 $4.24 million ($0.80) -3.76
Sandston N/A N/A -$20,000.00 N/A N/A

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has higher revenue and earnings than Sandston.

Risk and Volatility

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sandston has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives beats Sandston on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Company Profile

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc., a diversified infrastructure construction company, provides engineering, procurement, and construction services for the renewable energy, traditional power, and civil infrastructure industries in the United States. It offers design, site development, construction, installation, and restoration of infrastructure services. The company was founded in 1947 is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sandston Company Profile

Sandston Corporation does not have significant operations. The company intends to acquire and/or invest in and operate strategically positioned companies in multiple industry groups. Previously, it was involved in the design, manufacture, and marketing of environmentally ruggedized computers and computer displays; design, development, and marketing of software for use in factory automation and control, and in test and measurement environments; and provision of application engineering support to customers of its own and third parties' products. The company was formerly known as Nematron Corporation and changed its name to Sandston Corporation in April 2004. Sandston Corporation was founded in 1983 and is based in Traverse City, Michigan. Sandston Corporation is a subsidiary of Dorman Industries, LLC.

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