TSS (OTCMKTS:TSSI) and Lightbridge (NASDAQ:LTBR) are both small-cap construction companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.3% of Lightbridge shares are held by institutional investors. 41.5% of TSS shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of Lightbridge shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TSS and Lightbridge’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TSS $18.32 million 0.68 $760,000.00 N/A N/A
Lightbridge $170,000.00 122.89 -$7.10 million N/A N/A

TSS has higher revenue and earnings than Lightbridge.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for TSS and Lightbridge, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TSS 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lightbridge 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

TSS has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lightbridge has a beta of 2.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares TSS and Lightbridge’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TSS 6.03% 794.46% 16.33%
Lightbridge N/A -65.44% -61.76%

Summary

TSS beats Lightbridge on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TSS

TSS, Inc. provides services for the planning, design, development, maintenance, and refurbishment of mission-critical facilities and information infrastructure in the United States. It provides a single-source solution for facilities, such as data centers, operations centers, network facilities, server rooms, security operations centers, communications facilities, and the infrastructure systems. The company's services consist of technology consulting, design and engineering, project management, systems integration, systems installations, and facilities management. TSS, Inc. serves IT equipment, technology, and service companies; private sector businesses; and the government or commercial end users. The company was formerly known as Fortress International Group, Inc. and changed its name to TSS, Inc. in June 2013. TSS, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas.

About Lightbridge

Lightbridge Corporation operates as a nuclear fuel technology company worldwide. It operates through two segments, Technology and Consulting. It offers all-metal fuel for operating and new build reactors; all-uranium seed and blanket fuel for existing plants and new build reactors; and thorium-based seed and blanket fuel for existing and new build reactors. The company also provides nuclear power consulting and strategic advisory services to commercial and governmental entities. Its services include integrated strategic advice across a range of areas, including regulatory development, nuclear reactor site selection, procurement and deployment, reactor and fuel technology, international relations, program management, and infrastructure development. The company was formerly known as Thorium Power, Ltd. and changed its name to Lightbridge Corporation in September 2009. Lightbridge Corporation was founded in 1992 and is based in Reston, Virginia.

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