Head-To-Head Contrast: Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) and Smart Sand (SND)

Texas Industries (NYSE: TXI) and Smart Sand (NASDAQ:SND) are both companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Texas Industries and Smart Sand, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Texas Industries 0 1 0 0 2.00
Smart Sand 0 5 5 0 2.50

Texas Industries currently has a consensus price target of $82.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Smart Sand has a consensus price target of $13.65, indicating a potential upside of 28.77%. Given Texas Industries’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Texas Industries is more favorable than Smart Sand.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Texas Industries and Smart Sand’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Texas Industries N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Smart Sand $59.23 million 7.23 $10.37 million $0.66 16.06

Smart Sand has higher revenue and earnings than Texas Industries.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

49.5% of Smart Sand shares are held by institutional investors. 46.4% of Smart Sand shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Texas Industries and Smart Sand’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Texas Industries N/A N/A N/A
Smart Sand 18.67% 14.41% 11.85%


Smart Sand beats Texas Industries on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Texas Industries Company Profile

Texas Industries, Inc. is a supplier of construction materials in the southwestern United States. The Company operates in three segments: cement, aggregates and consumer products. Its cement segment produces gray portland cement and specialty cements. The Company’s cement production and distribution facilities are concentrated primarily in Texas and California. Its aggregates segment produces natural aggregates, including sand, gravel and crushed limestone. The Company’s consumer products segment produces ready-mix concrete. It is also a supplier of natural aggregates and ready-mix concrete in Texas and northern Louisiana and in Oklahoma and Arkansas. As of May 31, 2013, the Company had 123 manufacturing facilities in five states. During the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013 (fiscal 2013), it produced approximately 4.3 million tons of finished cement. The Company produced approximately 14.2 million tons of natural aggregates during fiscal 2013.

Smart Sand Company Profile

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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