Hi-Crush Partners (NYSE: HCLP) and RTI International Metals (NYSE:RTI) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.3% of Hi-Crush Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.8% of Hi-Crush Partners shares are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hi-Crush Partners and RTI International Metals’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hi-Crush Partners $235.65 million 3.11 -$1.78 million ($0.65) -12.38
RTI International Metals N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

RTI International Metals has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Hi-Crush Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Hi-Crush Partners and RTI International Metals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hi-Crush Partners -15.15% -9.38% -5.74%
RTI International Metals 2.28% 2.28% 1.16%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Hi-Crush Partners and RTI International Metals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hi-Crush Partners 0 1 9 0 2.90
RTI International Metals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hi-Crush Partners currently has a consensus target price of $21.22, indicating a potential upside of 163.63%. Given Hi-Crush Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hi-Crush Partners is more favorable than RTI International Metals.

Summary

Hi-Crush Partners beats RTI International Metals on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hi-Crush Partners Company Profile

Hi-Crush Partners LP is an integrated producer, transporter, marketer and distributor of monocrystalline sand, a specialized mineral that is used as a proppant to manage the recovery rates of hydrocarbons from oil and natural gas wells. Its reserves consist of northern white sand, a resource in Wisconsin and limited portions of the upper Midwest region of the United States. It owns and operates a portfolio of sand facilities with on-site wet and dry plant assets, including direct access to the United States railroads for distribution to in-basin terminals. It owns and operates a network of strategically located terminals and an integrated distribution system throughout North America, including its PropStream integrated logistics solution, which delivers proppant into the blender at the well site. The Company’s Blair facility, as of December 31, 2016, contained 117.7 million tons of proven recoverable reserves of frac sand meeting API specifications.

RTI International Metals Company Profile

RTI International Metals, Inc. is a producer and global supplier of titanium mill products and a manufacturer of fabricated titanium and specialty metal components for the national and international aerospace, defense, energy, medical device, and other consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in two segments: the Titanium segment and Engineered Products and Services (EP&S) segment. The Titanium Segment melts, processes, produces, forges, stocks, distributes, finishes, cuts-to-size, and facilitates just-in-time delivery services of a complete range of titanium mill products, which are further processed by its customers for use in a variety of commercial aerospace, defense, and industrial and consumer applications. The EP&S Segment is comprised of companies with significant hard and soft-metal expertise that form, extrude, fabricate, machine, additively manufacture, micro-machine, and assemble titanium, aluminum, and other specialty metal parts and components.

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