Profire Energy (NASDAQ: PFIE) and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:CELP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Profire Energy has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Profire Energy and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Profire Energy 2.85% 1.57% 1.51%
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. -0.43% 5.84% 0.64%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.9% of Profire Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.7% of Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. 51.1% of Profire Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.4%. Profire Energy does not pay a dividend. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. pays out -420.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Profire Energy and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Profire Energy $24.60 million 2.67 $2.27 million $0.01 131.13
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. $289.25 million 0.30 $14.26 million ($0.20) -37.00

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Profire Energy. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Profire Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Profire Energy and Cypress Energy Partners, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Profire Energy 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. 0 3 0 0 2.00

Profire Energy presently has a consensus target price of $2.15, indicating a potential upside of 64.12%. Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.11%. Given Profire Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Profire Energy is more favorable than Cypress Energy Partners, L.P..

Summary

Profire Energy beats Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Profire Energy Company Profile

Profire Energy, Inc. is an oilfield technology company. The Company is primarily engaged in the business of developing combustion management technologies for the oil and gas industry. It specializes in the creation of burner-management systems, used on a range of oilfield natural-draft fire tube vessels. It offers burner-management systems, which help to ignite, monitor and manage the burner flame. Its solution, the PF3100, helps manage and synchronize custom applications helping oilfield producers meet deadlines through an off-the-shelf solution with dynamic customization. It also sells complementary oilfield products. Such products help manage fuel flow (such as valves and fuel trains), meter air flow (such as airplates), generate power on-site (such as solar packages), ignite and direct flame (such as flare stack igniter and nozzles), and other functions. In addition to the burner-management systems and complementary technologies, it also offers chemical-management systems.

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. Company Profile

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. is a limited partnership company, which serves energy companies throughout North America. The Company provides independent pipeline inspection and integrity services to producers and pipeline companies and water and environmental services with salt water disposal (SWD) facilities to the United States onshore oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies. It operates through three segments: Pipeline Inspection Services (PIS), which provides independent inspection services to various energy, public utility and pipeline companies in both the United States and Canada; Integrity Services (IS), which provides hydrostatic testing services to natural gas and petroleum companies and pipeline construction companies of newly constructed and existing natural gas and petroleum pipelines, and Water and Environmental Services (W&ES), which provides SWD services to oil and natural gas producers and trucking companies.

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