Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.13, meaning that its stock price is 213% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huron Consulting Group has a beta of 0.12, meaning that its stock price is 88% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Odyssey Marine Exploration and Huron Consulting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Odyssey Marine Exploration -455.59% N/A -261.88%
Huron Consulting Group -15.94% 8.83% 4.64%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Odyssey Marine Exploration and Huron Consulting Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.75 million 6.68 -$8.87 million ($1.11) -3.41
Huron Consulting Group $731.79 million 0.96 $112.11 million ($5.98) -5.49

Huron Consulting Group has higher revenue and earnings than Odyssey Marine Exploration. Huron Consulting Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Odyssey Marine Exploration, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by institutional investors. 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Huron Consulting Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Odyssey Marine Exploration and Huron Consulting Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Huron Consulting Group 0 3 1 0 2.25


Huron Consulting Group beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Odyssey Marine Exploration Company Profile

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Odyssey) is a deep-ocean exploration company. The Company’s techniques are applied to mineral exploration, shipwreck cargo recovery, and other marine survey and exploration charter services. The Company is engaged in discovering shipwreck sites in the deep ocean and conducting archaeological excavations with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Its shipwreck discoveries include the SS Republic, HMS Victory, Black Swan, La Marquise de Tourny and other unidentified shipwrecks. The Company offers exploration services, including geophysical and geotechnical assessments of seabed mineral deposits to companies, including its subsidiaries and companies, in which it holds an equity position, as a resource development partner. The Company evaluates or explores various types of seabed mineral deposits, such as phosphorites, polymetallic nodules and seafloor massive sulfides. Odyssey offers its marine exploration services to third-party companies.

Huron Consulting Group Company Profile

Huron Consulting Group Inc. is a global professional services firm. The Company offers solutions in operations, advisory services, technology and analytics for healthcare, higher education, life sciences and commercial sectors. The Company’s segments include Healthcare, Education and Life Sciences, and Business Advisory. Its Healthcare segment provides advisory services, from strategy setting through implementation, in the areas of organizational and resource alignment, clinical transformation, financial and operational performance, patient and caregiver engagement, and technology implementation and optimization. Its Education and Life Sciences segment provides management consulting and technology solutions to the higher education and academic medical centers, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and research industries. The Business Advisory segment’s primary service lines include Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, and Business Advisory.

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