Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE: HOS) and Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ:PXS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hornbeck Offshore Services and Pyxis Tankers’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hornbeck Offshore Services $175.31 million 0.74 $13.13 million ($2.27) -1.55
Pyxis Tankers $30.54 million 1.20 $2.41 million ($0.53) -3.77

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

Risk and Volatility

Hornbeck Offshore Services has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pyxis Tankers has a beta of 6.2, suggesting that its stock price is 520% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hornbeck Offshore Services -47.42% -6.72% -3.29%
Pyxis Tankers -31.98% -19.86% -7.47%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.7% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Pyxis Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Hornbeck Offshore Services and Pyxis Tankers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hornbeck Offshore Services 0 4 0 0 2.00
Pyxis Tankers 0 0 2 0 3.00

Hornbeck Offshore Services currently has a consensus target price of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 35.33%. Pyxis Tankers has a consensus target price of $3.75, indicating a potential upside of 87.50%. Given Pyxis Tankers’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pyxis Tankers is more favorable than Hornbeck Offshore Services.

Summary

Pyxis Tankers beats Hornbeck Offshore Services on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Pyxis Tankers

Pyxis Tankers Inc. is a holding company. The Company is an international maritime transportation company focused on the product tanker sector. It owns a fleet of six double hull product tankers: Pyxis Epsilon with carrying capacity of approximately 50,300 deadweight tonnage (dwt); Pyxis Theta with carrying capacity of approximately 51,800 dwt, Pyxis Malou with carrying capacity of over 50,670 dwt; Pyxis Delta with carrying capacity of approximately 46,620 dwt; Northsea Beta with carrying capacity of over 8,650 dwt, and Northsea Alpha with carrying capacity of approximately 8,615 dwt. Four of the Company’s vessels in the fleet are medium-range (MR), product tankers, three have eco-efficient or eco-modified designs, and two of them are short-range tanker sister ships. Its fleet is capable of transporting refined petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel and fuel oil, as well as other liquid bulk items, such as vegetable oils and organic chemicals.

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