North American Energy Partners (NYSE: NOA) and SEACOR Holdings (NYSE:CKH) 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 institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.
This table compares North American Energy Partners and SEACOR Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|North American Energy Partners||0.62%||0.97%||0.43%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
39.5% of North American Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.9% of SEACOR Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 10.5% of SEACOR Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares North American Energy Partners and SEACOR Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|North American Energy Partners||$206.41 million||0.60||$42.11 million||$0.01||425.00|
|SEACOR Holdings||$860.49 million||0.95||$110.83 million||($9.54)||-4.81|
SEACOR Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than North American Energy Partners. SEACOR Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than North American Energy Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
North American Energy Partners has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEACOR Holdings has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for North American Energy Partners and SEACOR Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|North American Energy Partners||0||0||3||0||3.00|
North American Energy Partners currently has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 111.76%. SEACOR Holdings has a consensus target price of $40.00, suggesting a potential downside of 12.91%. Given North American Energy Partners’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe North American Energy Partners is more favorable than SEACOR Holdings.
North American Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. SEACOR Holdings does not pay a dividend. North American Energy Partners pays out 600.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. SEACOR Holdings has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
SEACOR Holdings beats North American Energy Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
North American Energy Partners Company Profile
North American Energy Partners Inc. provides a range of mining and heavy construction services to customers in the resource development and industrial construction sectors within Western Canada. The Company’s operating divisions include Heavy Construction and Mining; Industrial, and Tailings & Environmental Construction. Its Heavy Construction and Mining division is engaged in hard rock and oil sands mining, overburden removal, mine site development and mine reclamation. Its Industrial division offers services, which include site development, installation of underground utilities and piping, concrete foundations, facilities and infrastructure construction, and design/build services. The Tailings & Environmental Construction division performs a range of tailings, reclamation and environmental construction services, including oil sands tailings remediation; management of mine tailings; tailings dam and dyke construction, pipeline co-corridor construction, and tailings pipelines.
SEACOR Holdings Company Profile
SEACOR Holdings Inc., is engaged in the business of transportation and logistics, alcohol manufacturing, merchandising, and risk management consultancy. The Company’s segments include, Inland River Services, Shipping Services and Illinois Corn Processing. Inland River Services segment operates river transportation equipment used for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and petroleum and chemical products. Shipping Services segment operates a fleet of United States flag marine transportation related assets. Illinois Corn Processing segment produces alcohol used in the food, beverage, industrial and petrochemical end-markets. The Company also offers emergency and crisis services, lending and leasing activities, and noncontrolling investments in various other businesses.
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