Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (NYSE: SOI) and IRIS International (NASDAQ:IRIS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.7% of Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of IRIS International shares are held by institutional investors. 9.7% of IRIS International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and IRIS International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure N/A N/A N/A
IRIS International -61.58% -36.70% -29.47%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and IRIS International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure 0 0 11 0 3.00
IRIS International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure currently has a consensus target price of $16.44, indicating a potential upside of 28.37%. Given Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure is more favorable than IRIS International.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure and IRIS International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure $25.34 million 5.43 $11.93 million N/A N/A
IRIS International $47.70 million 0.82 -$24.80 million ($2.49) -1.30

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure has higher revenue, but lower earnings than IRIS International.

Summary

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure beats IRIS International on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. manufactures and provides its mobile proppant management systems that unload, store and deliver proppant at oil and natural gas well sites. The Company offers its services to oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as oilfield service companies. Its mobile proppant system is designed to address the challenges associated with transferring large quantities of proppant to the well site, including the cost and management of last mile logistics. Its systems provide 2.5 million pounds of proppant storage capacity. The Company manufactures its systems at its facility in Early, Texas, The Company’s system provides Streamlined last mile logistics and Improved execution to meet completion designs. Its systems provide triple the storage capacity, such as trailer-mounted, hydraulically powered storage bins. Its integrated PropView system delivers real-time proppant inventory and consumption levels.

About IRIS International

Mitcham Industries, Inc. is a provider of equipment to the geophysical, oceanographic and hydrographic industries. The Company operates through two segments. The Equipment Leasing segment is primarily engaged in the leasing of seismic equipment to companies in the oil and gas industry across the world. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales segment is engaged in the design, production and sale of marine seismic equipment, and oceanographic and hydrographic equipment. Its leasing business includes Mitcham Canada ULC, Seismic Asia Pacific Pty Ltd., Mitcham Seismic Eurasia LLC, Mitcham Europe Ltd. and Mitcham Marine Leasing Pte. Ltd. The Equipment Manufacturing and Sales Segment includes its Seamap International Holdings Pte, Ltd. (Seamap) business and Klein Marine Systems, Inc. (Klein). Seamap designs, manufactures and sells a range of products for the seismic, hydrographic and offshore industries. Klein develops and manufactures high performance side scan sonar systems.

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