Armstrong World Industries (NYSE: AWI) and Smart Sand (NASDAQ:SND) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Armstrong World Industries and Smart Sand, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Armstrong World Industries||0||4||4||0||2.50|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
49.7% of Smart Sand shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Armstrong World Industries shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 46.4% of Smart Sand shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Armstrong World Industries and Smart Sand’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Armstrong World Industries||$1.23 billion||2.51||$104.70 million||$2.74||21.35|
|Smart Sand||$59.23 million||5.52||$10.37 million||$0.66||12.26|
Armstrong World Industries has higher revenue and earnings than Smart Sand. Smart Sand is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Armstrong World Industries, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Armstrong World Industries and Smart Sand’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Armstrong World Industries||11.44%||46.62%||7.85%|
Smart Sand beats Armstrong World Industries on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (AWI) is a global producer of ceiling systems. The Company owns and operates the Building Products (Ceilings) segment. The Company designs, manufactures and sells ceiling systems (primarily mineral fiber, fiberglass wool and metal) around the world. Its products are used in commercial and institutional buildings. Its geographical segments include Americas (including Canada); Europe, Middle East and Africa (including Russia) (EMEA), and Pacific Rim. As of December 31, 2016, it had 15 manufacturing plants in eight countries, including six plants located throughout the United States. Its Americas segment sells products for use in single and multi-family housing. It sells commercial products to building materials distributors re-selling its products to contractors, subcontractors’ alliances, architect and design firms, and facility owners. Residential ceiling products are sold in the Americas primarily to wholesalers and retailers.
About Smart Sand
Smart Sand, Inc. is a producer of Northern White raw frac sand, which is a proppant used to enhance hydrocarbon recovery rates in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. The Company sells its products primarily to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies and oilfield service companies under a combination of long-term take-or-pay contracts and spot sales in the open market. It owns and operates a raw frac sand mine and related processing facility near Oakdale, Wisconsin. In addition to the Oakdale facility, it owns a second property in Jackson County, Wisconsin, known as Hixton site. Its sand reserves include a balanced concentration of coarse (20/40, 30/50 and 40/70 gradation) sands and fine (60/140 gradation) sand. Its reserves contain deposits of approximately 20% of 20/40 and coarser substrate, over 40% of 40/70 mesh substrate and approximately 40% of 100-mesh substrate. Its 30/50 gradation is a derivative of the 20/40 and 40/70 blends.
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