CleanSpark (OTCMKTS:CLSK) and Atlantic Power (NYSE:AT) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for CleanSpark and Atlantic Power, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CleanSpark 0 0 1 0 3.00
Atlantic Power 0 2 0 0 2.00

CleanSpark currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 642.12%. Atlantic Power has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.87%. Given CleanSpark’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CleanSpark is more favorable than Atlantic Power.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CleanSpark and Atlantic Power’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CleanSpark N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Atlantic Power $282.30 million 0.90 $36.80 million $0.16 14.44

Atlantic Power has higher revenue and earnings than CleanSpark.

Profitability

This table compares CleanSpark and Atlantic Power’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CleanSpark N/A N/A N/A
Atlantic Power 9.74% -686.79% 2.67%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.5% of Atlantic Power shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of Atlantic Power shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Atlantic Power beats CleanSpark on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CleanSpark

CleanSpark, Inc. provides energy software and control technology in the United States. The company offers an integrated distributed energy management control platform that provides energy generation with storage devices, as well as controls facility loads to provide energy security in real time to commercial, industrial, mining, defense, campus, and residential users. It also provides turnkey microgrid implementation services, microgid design and engineering, project development consulting, and solar photovoltaic installation and consulting. In addition, the company offers mPulse software suite, a modular platform that enables fine-grained control of a Microgrid; and microgrid value stream optimizer that provides a robust distributed energy and microgrid system modeling solution. Further, it converts various materials, including municipal solid waste, municipal sewage sludge, food and cooking waste, petroleum sludge and oily wastes, animal manures, cellulosic and non-cellulosic biomass, energy crops, scrap tires, and coal into SynGas. The company's SynGas is used as clean, renewable, environmentally friendly, and warming fuel for power plants and motor vehicles; and as feedstock for the generation of di-methyl ether. The company was formerly known as Stratean Inc. and changed its name to CleanSpark, Inc. in November 2016. CleanSpark, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is based in Bountiful, Utah.

About Atlantic Power

Atlantic Power Corp. is a power producer company, which engages in owning power generation assets. The firm operates through its segments: East U.S., West U.S., Canada and Un-Allocated Corporate. It projects sell electricity and steam to investment-grade utilities and creditworthy large customers under long term Power Purchase Agreements. The company was founded on June 18, 2004 and is headquartered in Dedham, MA.

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