Financial Analysis: Hi-Crush (HCR) and Its Competitors

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Hi-Crush (NYSE: HCR) is one of 26 public companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Hi-Crush to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Hi-Crush pays an annual dividend of $0.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 34.8%. Hi-Crush pays out 65.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 44.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Hi-Crush has a beta of 2.01, meaning that its share price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hi-Crush’s competitors have a beta of 1.15, meaning that their average share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Hi-Crush and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hi-Crush 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hi-Crush Competitors 306 957 1074 36 2.35

As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 9.52%. Given Hi-Crush’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hi-Crush has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.3% of Hi-Crush shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.4% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by institutional investors. 34.8% of Hi-Crush shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hi-Crush and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hi-Crush $842.84 million $137.59 million 1.89
Hi-Crush Competitors $1.80 billion $230.45 million 18.84

Hi-Crush’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hi-Crush. Hi-Crush is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Hi-Crush and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hi-Crush 9.99% 10.24% 6.09%
Hi-Crush Competitors 14.09% 8.01% 14.33%

Summary

Hi-Crush competitors beat Hi-Crush on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Hi-Crush Company Profile

Hi-Crush Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides proppant and logistics solutions to the petroleum industry in North America. The company offers raw frac sand used in hydraulic fracturing process for oil and natural gas wells. It owns and operates multiple frac sand mining facilities, which include a 971-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Wyeville, Wisconsin; a 1,187-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin; a 1,285-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Blair, Wisconsin; and a 1,626-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Independence, Wisconsin and Whitehall, Wisconsin. The company also owns and operates a 1,226-acre frac sand reserve located near Kermit, Texas; and 12 terminal locations throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and New York. It primarily serves pressure pumping service providers, and oil and gas exploration and production companies. Hi-Crush GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as Hi-Crush Partners LP and changed its name to Hi-Crush Inc. in June 2019. Hi-Crush Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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