Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA) and Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE:HOS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Euroseas and Hornbeck Offshore Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euroseas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hornbeck Offshore Services 0 4 0 0 2.00

Euroseas presently has a consensus target price of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 56.25%. Hornbeck Offshore Services has a consensus target price of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 52.24%. Given Euroseas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Euroseas is more favorable than Hornbeck Offshore Services.

Volatility and Risk

Euroseas has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hornbeck Offshore Services has a beta of 1.2, indicating that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Euroseas and Hornbeck Offshore Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euroseas -77.39% -17.55% -6.51%
Hornbeck Offshore Services -47.42% -6.72% -3.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.7% of Euroseas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.7% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are held by institutional investors. 7.1% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Euroseas and Hornbeck Offshore Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euroseas $32.84 million 0.54 $3.25 million ($3.15) -0.51
Hornbeck Offshore Services $175.31 million 0.66 $13.13 million ($2.27) -1.37

Hornbeck Offshore Services has higher revenue and earnings than Euroseas. Hornbeck Offshore Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Euroseas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Hornbeck Offshore Services beats Euroseas on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Euroseas

Euroseas Ltd. is engaged in the shipping business. The Company is an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and is a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes. Eurobulk Ltd. manages the Company’s operations. The Company also owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal and grains, and minor bulks, such as bauxite, phosphate and fertilizers. The Company has a fleet of 12 vessels, including Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, Panamax drybulk carriers and Handymax drybulk carrier, Intermediate containerships, Handysize containerships, and Feeder containerships. The Company‚Äôs five drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 351,272 deadweight tons (dwt), and its seven containerships have a cargo capacity of 11,828 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu).

About Hornbeck Offshore Services

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. provides marine transportation, subsea installation and accommodation support services to exploration and production, oilfield service, offshore construction and the United States military customers. The Company focuses on providing marine solutions for the deepwater and ultradeepwater energy industry in domestic and select foreign locations. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates offshore supply vessels (OSVs), multi-purpose support vessels (MPSVs), and a shore-base facility to provide logistics support and specialty services to the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry, primarily in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, Latin America and selected international markets. Its OSVs and MPSVs support the deep-well, deepwater and ultra-deepwater activities of the offshore oil and gas industry. It provides vessel management services for other vessel owners, such as crewing, daily operational management and maintenance activities.

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