Contrasting Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA) & Sandston (NASDAQ:SDON)

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

Profitability

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

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

21.6% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are held by institutional investors. 43.2% of Sandston shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sandston N/A N/A -$20,000.00 N/A N/A
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives $779.34 million 0.07 $4.24 million ($0.80) -3.24

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Sandston and Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 170.27%. Given Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives is more favorable than Sandston.

Risk and Volatility

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

About Sandston

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.

About Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives

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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