Caspian Services (CSSV) versus KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) Head-To-Head Contrast

Caspian Services (OTCMKTS:CSSV) and KNOT Offshore Partners (NYSE:KNOP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.5% of KNOT Offshore Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


KNOT Offshore Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. Caspian Services does not pay a dividend. KNOT Offshore Partners pays out 92.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


This table compares Caspian Services and KNOT Offshore Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Caspian Services N/A N/A N/A
KNOT Offshore Partners 34.05% 14.16% 4.93%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Caspian Services and KNOT Offshore Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Caspian Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
KNOT Offshore Partners $219.20 million 2.95 $66.90 million $2.26 8.75

KNOT Offshore Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Caspian Services.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Caspian Services and KNOT Offshore Partners, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Caspian Services 0 0 0 0 N/A
KNOT Offshore Partners 0 1 0 0 2.00

KNOT Offshore Partners has a consensus price target of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.22%. Given KNOT Offshore Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe KNOT Offshore Partners is more favorable than Caspian Services.

Volatility and Risk

Caspian Services has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KNOT Offshore Partners has a beta of 0.49, meaning that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.


KNOT Offshore Partners beats Caspian Services on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Caspian Services Company Profile

Caspian Services, Inc. provides various oilfield services for the oil and gas industry in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Caspian Sea region. The company operates in three segments: Vessel Operations, Geophysical Services, and Marine Base Services. The Vessel Operations segment charters a fleet of shallow draft offshore support vessels to oil and natural gas exploration companies. This segment's vessel fleet includes supply vessels, survey/utility vessels, anchor handling multicats and support vessel tugs, cable laying barges, accommodation vessels, and crewboats. The Geophysical Services segment offers onshore geophysical services to independent oil and gas exploration and development companies operating in Kazakhstan. This segment provides geophysical seismic surveys, such as 2D and 3D seismic surveys. The Marine Base Services segment operates a marine base located at the Port of Bautino on the North Caspian Sea. This segment offers various facilities and services comprising long and short terms vessel moorings, wharf front crane pad for vessel loading/offloading, boat yard with vessel lifting facilities, long-term berths, water storage facilities and vessel bunkering, oily and waste water collection and removing facilities, weighbridge facilities, electrical power supply and distribution systems, and open lay-down storage area. The company was formerly known as EMPS Corporation and changed its name to Caspian Services, Inc. in July 2005. Caspian Services, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

KNOT Offshore Partners Company Profile

KNOT Offshore Partners LP owns and operates shuttle tankers under long-term charters in the North Sea and Brazil. The company loading, transportation and storage of their crude oil services under time charters and bareboat charters. As of April 25, 2018, it had a fleet of 16 shuttle tankers. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Aberdeen, the United Kingdom.

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