Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ:RGSE) and Concrete Pumping (NASDAQ:BBCP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Real Goods Solar and Concrete Pumping’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Real Goods Solar $15.17 million 0.60 -$17.70 million N/A N/A
Concrete Pumping $243.22 million 0.81 -$7.11 million $2.47 2.78

Concrete Pumping has higher revenue and earnings than Real Goods Solar.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.1% of Real Goods Solar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.3% of Concrete Pumping shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Real Goods Solar shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Real Goods Solar and Concrete Pumping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Real Goods Solar -239.87% -828.54% -242.52%
Concrete Pumping N/A -0.98% -0.18%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Real Goods Solar and Concrete Pumping, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Real Goods Solar 0 0 1 0 3.00
Concrete Pumping 0 0 1 0 3.00

Real Goods Solar presently has a consensus target price of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 2,295.21%. Concrete Pumping has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 74.67%. Given Real Goods Solar’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Real Goods Solar is more favorable than Concrete Pumping.

Volatility and Risk

Real Goods Solar has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Concrete Pumping has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Concrete Pumping beats Real Goods Solar on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Real Goods Solar Company Profile

Real Goods Solar, Inc. operates as a residential and small business commercial solar energy engineering, procurement, and construction company in the United States. The company's Residential segment installs solar energy systems for homeowners, including lease financing, as well as small business commercial services in the continental United States. Its Sunetric segment installs solar energy systems for homeowners and business owners in Hawaii. The company's POWERHOUSE segment manufactures and sells solar shingles. The company Real Goods Solar, Inc. offers solar energy services, including design, procurement, permitting, build-out, grid connection, financing referrals, and warranty. The company markets its products and services through an outside sales team, inside sales, e-sales, and customer referral programs, as well as an online direct marketing channel. Real Goods Solar, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Concrete Pumping Company Profile

Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. provides concrete pumping and concrete waste management services. The company offers concrete pumping services under the Brundage-Bone brand and concrete waste management services under the Eco-Pan brand in the United States; and concrete pumping services under the Camfaud brand in the United Kingdom. Its customers include commercial, infrastructure, and residential construction markets. The company is based in Denver, Colorado.

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