Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA) vs. HL Acquisition (NASDAQ:HCCH) Critical Analysis

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (NASDAQ:IEA) and HL Acquisition (NASDAQ:HCCH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HL Acquisition has a beta of -0.01, suggesting that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives 0.57% -15.21% 3.32%
HL Acquisition N/A 11.35% 1.00%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives $779.34 million 0.08 $4.24 million ($0.80) -3.51
HL Acquisition N/A N/A $820,000.00 N/A N/A

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives has higher revenue and earnings than HL Acquisition.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

13.0% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.4% of HL Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.0% of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.6% of HL Acquisition shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives and HL Acquisition, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives 0 0 0 0 N/A
HL Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives beats HL Acquisition on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About HL Acquisition

HL Acquisition Corp. does not have significant operations. It intends to acquire, engage in a share exchange, share reconstruction and amalgamation with, purchase all or substantially all of the assets of, enter into contractual arrangements with, or engage in any other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in New York, New York.

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