Hoegh LNG Partners (NASDAQ: HMLP) and DHT Holdings (NYSE:DHT) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and DHT Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hoegh LNG Partners $116.75 million 5.20 $89.52 million N/A N/A
DHT Holdings $328.15 million 1.68 $154.80 million ($0.44) -8.80

DHT Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Hoegh LNG Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and DHT Holdings’ 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%
DHT Holdings -12.48% 6.07% 3.03%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Hoegh LNG Partners and DHT Holdings, 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
DHT Holdings 0 2 3 0 2.60

Hoegh LNG Partners currently has a consensus target price of $21.63, indicating a potential upside of 17.21%. DHT Holdings has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 55.04%. Given DHT Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe DHT Holdings is more favorable than Hoegh LNG Partners.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.9% of DHT Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

DHT Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Hoegh LNG Partners does not pay a dividend. DHT Holdings pays out -18.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DHT Holdings has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

DHT Holdings beats Hoegh LNG Partners on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

DHT Holdings Company Profile

DHT Holdings, Inc. operates a fleet of crude oil tankers. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 21 crude oil tankers in operation. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 19 very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which are tankers ranging in size from 200,000 to 320,000 deadweight tons (dwt), and two Aframax tankers (Aframaxes), which are tankers ranging in size from 80,000 to 120,000 dwt. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet in operation had a combined carrying capacity of 6,087,095 dwt. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s VLCCs included DHT Ann, DHT Eagle, DHT Phoenix, DHT Hawk, DHT Condor, DHT Scandinavia, DHT China, DHT Amazon, DHT Redwood, DHT Sundarbans, DHT Taiga, DHT Leopard, DHT Lion, DHT Panther and DHT Puma. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s Aframaxes are DHT Cathy and DHT Sophie.

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