Comparing Real Goods Solar (RGSE) and Matrix Service (MTRX)

Matrix Service (NASDAQ: MTRX) and Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ:RGSE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

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Matrix Service has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Real Goods Solar has a beta of 1.93, suggesting that its stock price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Matrix Service and Real Goods Solar’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Matrix Service $1.20 billion 0.36 -$180,000.00 ($0.01) -1,600.00
Real Goods Solar $15.17 million 0.68 -$17.70 million N/A N/A

Matrix Service has higher revenue and earnings than Real Goods Solar.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Matrix Service and Real Goods Solar, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matrix Service 0 2 0 0 2.00
Real Goods Solar 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.6% of Matrix Service shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.4% of Real Goods Solar shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matrix Service shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Real Goods Solar shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Matrix Service and Real Goods Solar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matrix Service -0.59% -1.97% -1.12%
Real Goods Solar -116.57% -151.80% -92.91%

Summary

Matrix Service beats Real Goods Solar on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Matrix Service Company Profile

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction, and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, agricultural, and mining and minerals markets in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company's Electrical Infrastructure segment offers construction and maintenance services to various power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations, and renewable energy installations; and high voltage services comprising the construction of new substations, upgrading existing substations, short-run transmission line installations, distribution upgrades and maintenance, and storm restoration services to investor owned utilities. Its Oil Gas & Chemical segment provides turnaround, plant maintenance, engineering, and construction services for the downstream and midstream petroleum industries; and hydro blasting, hydro excavating, chemical cleaning, and vacuum services, as well as performs work in the petrochemical, natural gas, gas processing and compression, and upstream petroleum markets. The company's Storage Solutions segment constructs crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks; and provides planned and emergency maintenance services. This segment also undertakes work related to liquefied natural gas, liquid nitrogen/liquid oxygen, liquid petroleum tanks, and other specialty vessels, including spheres; and plant work in storage terminals and tank farms, as well as provides geodesic domes, aluminum internal floating roofs, floating suction and skimmer systems, roof drain systems, and floating roof seals. Its Industrial segment constructs and maintains work in the iron and steel, mining and minerals, and agricultural industries, as well as performs work in bulk material handling, fertilizer production facilities, thermal vacuum chambers, and other industrial markets. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Real Goods Solar Company Profile

Real Goods Solar, Inc. operates as a residential and small business commercial solar energy engineering, procurement, and construction company in the United States. The company's Residential segment installs solar energy systems for homeowners, including lease financing, as well as small business commercial services in the continental U.S. Its Sunetric segment installs solar energy systems for homeowners and business owners in Hawaii. The company offers solar energy services, including design, procurement, permitting, build-out, grid connection, financing referrals, and warranty. It installs residential solar energy systems up to 24 kilowatts (kW) in size; and small commercial solar energy systems up to 500 kW in size for various industries, such as retail, manufacturing, service, and municipal services. The company markets its products and services through an outside sales team, inside sales, e-sales, customer referral programs, and alliances and channel partnerships, as well as an online direct marketing channel. Real Goods Solar, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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