USD Partners (USDP) & IES (NASDAQ:IESC) Head-To-Head Survey

IES (NASDAQ: IESC) and USD Partners (NYSE:USDP) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for IES and USD Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IES 0 0 0 0 N/A
USD Partners 0 2 1 0 2.33

USD Partners has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.33%. Given USD Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe USD Partners is more favorable than IES.

Volatility and Risk

IES has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USD Partners has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares IES and USD Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IES $810.70 million 0.43 $13.42 million N/A N/A
USD Partners $111.34 million 2.55 $22.20 million $0.88 12.22

USD Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than IES.

Profitability

This table compares IES and USD Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IES -2.46% 5.86% 3.26%
USD Partners 19.85% 34.30% 7.70%

Dividends

USD Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.0%. IES does not pay a dividend. USD Partners pays out 159.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. USD Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.4% of IES shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.9% of USD Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 60.0% of IES shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of USD Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

USD Partners beats IES on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IES

IES Holdings, Inc. engages in communications, commercial and industrial, infrastructure solutions, and residential businesses in the United States. The company's Commercial & Industrial segment provides electrical and mechanical design, construction, and maintenance services for office buildings, manufacturing facilities, data centers, chemical plants, refineries, wind farms, solar facilities, municipal infrastructures, and health care facilities. The company's Communications segment provides network infrastructure services for data centers and other mission critical environments. This segment designs, installs, and maintains network infrastructure for financial, medical, hospitality, government, high-tech manufacturing, educational, and information technology industries; designs and installs audio/visual, telephone, fire, wireless access, and intrusion alarm systems; and designs/builds, services, and maintains data network systems. Its Infrastructure Solutions segment maintains and repairs alternating and direct current electric motors and generators, and power generating and distribution equipment; manufactures custom-engineered metal enclosed bus duct solutions used in power distribution; manufactures customer commercial and industrial generator enclosures; manufactures, remanufactures, and repairs industrial lifting magnets; and maintains and repairs railroad main and auxiliary generators, main alternators, and traction motors. Its Residential segment offers electrical installation services to single-family housing and multi-family apartment complexes; and cable television installation services to residential and light commercial applications, as well as installs residential solar power for new construction and existing residences. The company was formerly known as Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. and changed its name to IES Holdings, Inc. in May 2016. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About USD Partners

USD Partners LP acquires, develops and operates energy-related logistics assets, including rail terminals and other midstream infrastructure. The Company’s segments include Terminalling services and Fleet services. The Terminalling services segment consists of various operations, including Hardisty terminal, Casper terminal and Ethanol terminals. Its Hardisty terminal is an origination terminal where it loads various grades of Canadian crude oil onto railcars for transportation to end markets. The Casper terminal is a crude oil storage, blending and railcar loading terminal located in Casper, Wyoming. Its San Antonio and West Colton terminals are unit train-capable destination terminals that transload ethanol received by rail from producers onto trucks to meet local ethanol demand. The Company provides its customers with railcars and fleet services related to the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons and biofuels by rail under master fleet services agreements.

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