PIEDMONT LITHIU/S (NASDAQ:PLLL) & Smart Sand (NASDAQ:SND) Financial Review

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PIEDMONT LITHIU/S (NASDAQ:PLLL) and Smart Sand (NASDAQ:SND) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PIEDMONT LITHIU/S and Smart Sand’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PIEDMONT LITHIU/S N/A N/A -$9.95 million ($1.91) N/A
Smart Sand $212.47 million 0.46 $18.69 million $0.81 2.96

Smart Sand has higher revenue and earnings than PIEDMONT LITHIU/S. PIEDMONT LITHIU/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Smart Sand, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for PIEDMONT LITHIU/S and Smart Sand, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PIEDMONT LITHIU/S 0 0 0 0 N/A
Smart Sand 2 4 1 0 1.86

Smart Sand has a consensus target price of $6.43, indicating a potential upside of 167.86%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of PIEDMONT LITHIU/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.1% of Smart Sand shares are owned by institutional investors. 47.8% of Smart Sand shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares PIEDMONT LITHIU/S and Smart Sand’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PIEDMONT LITHIU/S N/A N/A N/A
Smart Sand 9.81% 17.03% 10.84%

Summary

Smart Sand beats PIEDMONT LITHIU/S on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PIEDMONT LITHIU/S

Piedmont Lithium Limited engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in the United States. It primarily holds a 100% interest in the Piedmont lithium project covering a landholding of 1,092 acres in the Carolina Lithium Belt, North Carolina. The company was formerly known as WCP Resources Limited and changed its name to Piedmont Lithium Limited in August 2017. Piedmont Lithium Limited is based in Perth, Australia.

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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