Pike Corp (NYSE: PIKE) and USD Partners (NYSE:USDP) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

USD Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.3%. Pike Corp does not pay a dividend. USD Partners pays out 110.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pike Corp and USD Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
USD Partners $110.04 million 2.65 $55.88 million $1.23 8.98

USD Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Pike Corp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Pike Corp and USD Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pike Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
USD Partners 1 1 1 0 2.00

USD Partners has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential upside of 53.85%. Given USD Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe USD Partners is more favorable than Pike Corp.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

30.3% of USD Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Pike Corp and USD Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pike Corp N/A N/A N/A
USD Partners 21.37% 42.91% 7.72%

Summary

USD Partners beats Pike Corp on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pike Corp

Pike Corporation is a provider of construction and engineering services for investor-owned, municipal and co-operative electric utilities in the United States. The Company’s suite of energy and communication solutions includes facilities planning and siting, permitting, engineering, design, installation, maintenance and repair of power delivery systems, including utility-grade solar construction projects and storm-related services. The Company operates in two segments: construction and engineering. On January 1, 2014, Synergetic Design Holdings, Inc. merged with and into Pike Enterprises, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, and UC Synergetic, Inc. (UCS) merged with and into Pike Energy Solutions, LLC (PES), the surviving entity of which was named UC Synergetic, LLC.

About USD Partners

USD Partners LP acquires, develops and operates energy-related logistics assets, including rail terminals and other midstream infrastructure. The Company’s segments include Terminalling services and Fleet services. The Terminalling services segment consists of various operations, including Hardisty terminal, Casper terminal and Ethanol terminals. Its Hardisty terminal is an origination terminal where it loads various grades of Canadian crude oil onto railcars for transportation to end markets. The Casper terminal is a crude oil storage, blending and railcar loading terminal located in Casper, Wyoming. Its San Antonio and West Colton terminals are unit train-capable destination terminals that transload ethanol received by rail from producers onto trucks to meet local ethanol demand. The Company provides its customers with railcars and fleet services related to the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons and biofuels by rail under master fleet services agreements.

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