Reviewing Smart Sand (SND) and Its Rivals

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

Insider and 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 company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.



Profitability

This table compares Smart Sand and its peers’ 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%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Smart Sand and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Smart Sand $137.21 million $21.52 million 20.88
Smart Sand Competitors $1.87 billion $261.07 million 14.96

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

Volatility and Risk

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Smart Sand and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Smart Sand 0 4 3 0 2.43
Smart Sand Competitors 195 701 862 28 2.40

Smart Sand presently has a consensus price target of $9.82, indicating a potential upside of 47.03%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 20.16%. Given Smart Sand’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Smart Sand is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Smart Sand beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Smart Sand

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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