Head to Head Analysis: Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ:AMR) and Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA)

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Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ:AMR) and Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.1% of Alta Mesa Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.6% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Alta Mesa Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives 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.

Volatility and Risk

Alta Mesa Resources has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Alta Mesa Resources and Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alta Mesa Resources N/A -2.39% -1.75%
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives -0.14% -11.34% 3.56%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Alta Mesa Resources and Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alta Mesa Resources N/A N/A $1.89 million N/A N/A
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives $779.34 million 0.08 $4.24 million ($0.80) -3.39

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has higher revenue and earnings than Alta Mesa Resources.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Alta Mesa Resources and Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alta Mesa Resources 1 2 1 0 2.00
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives 0 1 0 0 2.00

Alta Mesa Resources presently has a consensus price target of $8.30, suggesting a potential upside of 5,328.38%. Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 158.30%. Given Alta Mesa Resources’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Alta Mesa Resources is more favorable than Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives.

Summary

Alta Mesa Resources beats Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alta Mesa Resources Company Profile

Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas reserves in the Anadarko Basin. It also offers midstream energy services, including crude oil and gas gathering, processing, and marketing to producers of natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, and condensate in the STACK Play region of Oklahoma. The company was formerly known as Silver Run Acquisition Corporation II and changed its name to Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. in February 2018. Alta Mesa Resources, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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.

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