Hoegh LNG Partners (NASDAQ: HMLP) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.3% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hoegh LNG Partners 106.97% 33.57% 13.00%
International Seaways -31.22% -4.56% -3.24%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Hoegh LNG Partners and International Seaways, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hoegh LNG Partners 0 0 5 0 3.00
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

Hoegh LNG Partners currently has a consensus target price of $21.38, indicating a potential upside of 16.17%. International Seaways has a consensus target price of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 54.80%. Given International Seaways’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe International Seaways is more favorable than Hoegh LNG Partners.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and International Seaways’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hoegh LNG Partners $104.51 million 5.79 $78.26 million N/A N/A
International Seaways $327.29 million 1.73 $85.71 million N/A N/A

International Seaways has higher revenue and earnings than Hoegh LNG Partners.

Hoegh LNG Partners Company Profile

Hoegh LNG Partners LP owns, operates and acquires floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and other LNG infrastructure assets under long-term charters. The Company’s segments include Majority held FSRUs, Joint venture FSRUs and other. The Majority held FSRUs segment includes the direct financing lease related to the PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk (PGN) FSRU Lampung and the operating lease related to the Hoegh Gallant. The Joint venture FSRUs segment includes approximately two FSRUs, including the GDF Suez LNG Supply S.A. (GDF Suez) Neptune and the GDF Suez Cape Ann, which operate under long term time charters. The Company intends to acquire newbuilding FSRUs on long-term charters, rather than FSRUs based on retrofitted, first-generation LNG carriers. The PGN FSRU Lampung is located offshore in the Lampung province at the southeast coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

International Seaways Company Profile

International Seaways, Inc. and its subsidiaries own and operate a fleet of oceangoing vessels. The Company’s oceangoing vessels engage in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the International Flag trades. The Company’s segments are International Crude Tankers and International Product Carriers. Its 55-vessel fleet consists of Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Aframax and Panamax crude tankers, as well as long range 1 (LR1), LR2 and medium range (MR) product carriers. Its International Crude Tankers segment is made up of a ULCC and a fleet of VLCCs, Aframaxes, and Panamaxes. Its International Product Carriers segment consists of a fleet of MRs, LR1s and an LR2 engaged in the transportation of crude and refined petroleum products. Through joint venture partnerships (the JVs), it has ownership interests in approximately four liquefied natural gas carriers and approximately two floating storage and offloading service vessels.

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