CSI Compressco (NASDAQ: CCLP) and Matrix Service (NASDAQ:MTRX) 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, earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This is a summary of current ratings for CSI Compressco and Matrix Service, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares CSI Compressco and Matrix Service’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|CSI Compressco||$311.36 million||0.89||-$138.13 million||($1.25)||-6.11|
|Matrix Service||$1.20 billion||0.32||-$180,000.00||($0.25)||-57.20|
Matrix Service has higher revenue and earnings than CSI Compressco. Matrix Service is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CSI Compressco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
29.6% of CSI Compressco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.2% of Matrix Service shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matrix Service shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
CSI Compressco pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Matrix Service does not pay a dividend. CSI Compressco pays out -60.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares CSI Compressco and Matrix Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk & Volatility
CSI Compressco has a beta of 2.04, indicating that its share price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matrix Service has a beta of 0.63, indicating that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Matrix Service beats CSI Compressco on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About CSI Compressco
CSI Compressco LP is a provider of compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Company sells custom-designed compressor packages and oilfield fluid pump systems, and provides aftermarket services and compressor package parts and components manufactured by third-party suppliers. It provides these compression services and equipment to a base of natural gas and oil exploration and production, midstream and transmission companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in a number of foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. It is a service provider of natural gas compression services in the United States, utilizing its fleet of compressor packages that employs a spectrum of low-, medium- and high-horsepower engines. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet included approximately 6,000 compressor packages.
About Matrix Service
Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, mining and minerals markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial. The Electrical Infrastructure segment primarily includes construction and maintenance services to a range of power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations and renewable energy installations. The Oil Gas & Chemical segment includes turnaround activities, plant maintenance services and construction in the downstream petroleum industry. The Storage Solutions segment includes new construction of crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), as well as planned and emergency maintenance services. The Industrial segment includes construction and maintenance work in the iron and steel and mining and minerals industries.
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