Comparing Hoegh LNG Partners (HMLP) & Crude Carriers (CRU)

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hoegh LNG Partners 38.90% 7.77% 3.30%
Crude Carriers -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.6% of Hoegh LNG Partners shares are owned 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.

Dividends

Hoegh LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. Crude Carriers does not pay a dividend. Hoegh LNG Partners pays out 89.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Hoegh LNG Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and Crude Carriers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hoegh LNG Partners $91.11 million 3.91 $41.37 million $1.92 9.38
Crude Carriers N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) N/A

Hoegh LNG Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Crude Carriers. Crude Carriers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hoegh LNG Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Hoegh LNG Partners and Crude Carriers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hoegh LNG Partners 0 0 3 0 3.00
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hoegh LNG Partners presently has a consensus target price of $21.33, indicating a potential upside of 18.52%.

Summary

Hoegh LNG Partners beats Crude Carriers on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hoegh LNG Partners

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.

About Crude Carriers

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

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