Head to Head Review: Smart Sand (SND) vs. Its Peers

Smart Sand (NASDAQ: SND) is one of 21 public companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Smart Sand to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares Smart Sand and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Smart Sand $137.21 million $21.52 million 18.94
Smart Sand Competitors $1.87 billion $261.07 million 14.61

Smart Sand’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Smart Sand. Smart Sand is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Smart Sand and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smart Sand 0 4 4 0 2.50
Smart Sand Competitors 195 698 858 28 2.40

Smart Sand currently has a consensus price target of $11.34, indicating a potential upside of 87.19%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 22.24%. Given Smart Sand’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Smart Sand is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Smart Sand and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Smart Sand 15.69% 7.37% 5.95%
Smart Sand Competitors 8.93% 9.40% 4.85%

Volatility & Risk

Smart Sand has a beta of 3.49, suggesting that its stock price is 249% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smart Sand’s competitors have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.0% of Smart Sand shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 46.4% of Smart Sand shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Smart Sand beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Smart Sand Company Profile

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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