Critical Comparison: Summit Materials (SUM) & Select Sands (SLSDF)

Summit Materials (NYSE:SUM) and Select Sands (OTCMKTS:SLSDF) are both construction companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Summit Materials and Select Sands, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Summit Materials 0 4 7 0 2.64
Select Sands 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summit Materials currently has a consensus target price of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 39.15%. Given Summit Materials’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Summit Materials is more favorable than Select Sands.

Risk & Volatility

Summit Materials has a beta of 1.92, suggesting that its stock price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Select Sands has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Summit Materials and Select Sands’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Summit Materials $2.10 billion 1.49 $36.33 million $0.15 105.40
Select Sands $20.07 million 0.26 -$470,000.00 N/A N/A

Summit Materials has higher revenue and earnings than Select Sands.


This table compares Summit Materials and Select Sands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Summit Materials 0.97% 1.78% 0.61%
Select Sands -2.37% -2.17% -1.75%


Summit Materials beats Select Sands on 9 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Summit Materials Company Profile

Summit Materials, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells construction materials and related downstream products for the public infrastructure, residential and nonresidential, and other markets. It operates in three segments: West, East, and Cement. The company's products include aggregates, cement, ready-mix concrete, asphalt paving mixes, and concrete products, as well as plastics components. It also provides paving and related services primarily comprising asphalt paving services to the private and public infrastructure sectors. In addition, the company operates municipal waste, construction, and demolition debris landfills; and liquid asphalt terminal. It has operations in the United States; and British Columbia, Canada. The company was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Select Sands Company Profile

Select Sands Corp. engages in quarrying and producing silica sand. It has an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Sandtown property covering approximately 520 acres located in northeast Arkansas, the United States. Select Sands Corp. sells its products to industrial and energy customers. The company was formerly known as La Ronge Gold Corp. and changed its name to Select Sands Corp. in November 2014. Select Sands Corp. was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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