Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE: HOS) and Diana Shipping inc. (NYSE:DSX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Hornbeck Offshore Services has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diana Shipping inc. has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Hornbeck Offshore Services and Diana Shipping inc., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hornbeck Offshore Services 0 4 0 0 2.00
Diana Shipping inc. 1 5 2 0 2.13

Hornbeck Offshore Services currently has a consensus price target of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 79.92%. Diana Shipping inc. has a consensus price target of $5.19, indicating a potential upside of 22.64%. Given Hornbeck Offshore Services’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hornbeck Offshore Services is more favorable than Diana Shipping inc..

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.7% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.3% of Diana Shipping inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Hornbeck Offshore Services and Diana Shipping inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hornbeck Offshore Services -47.42% -6.72% -3.29%
Diana Shipping inc. -122.29% -14.80% -9.26%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hornbeck Offshore Services and Diana Shipping inc.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hornbeck Offshore Services $175.31 million 0.56 $13.13 million ($2.27) -1.16
Diana Shipping inc. $124.18 million 3.29 -$403,499.00 ($1.90) -2.23

Hornbeck Offshore Services has higher revenue and earnings than Diana Shipping inc.. Diana Shipping inc. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hornbeck Offshore Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Hornbeck Offshore Services beats Diana Shipping inc. on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hornbeck Offshore Services Company Profile

Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. provides marine transportation, subsea installation and accommodation support services to exploration and production, oilfield service, offshore construction and the United States military customers. The Company focuses on providing marine solutions for the deepwater and ultradeepwater energy industry in domestic and select foreign locations. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates offshore supply vessels (OSVs), multi-purpose support vessels (MPSVs), and a shore-base facility to provide logistics support and specialty services to the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry, primarily in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, Latin America and selected international markets. Its OSVs and MPSVs support the deep-well, deepwater and ultra-deepwater activities of the offshore oil and gas industry. It provides vessel management services for other vessel owners, such as crewing, daily operational management and maintenance activities.

Diana Shipping inc. Company Profile

Diana Shipping Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of shipping transportation services. The Company specializes in the ownership of dry bulk vessels. As of February 16, 2017, the Company’s operating fleet consisted of 48 dry bulk carriers, of which 23 were Panamax, four were Kamsarmax, three were Post-Panamax, 14 were Capesize and four were Newcastlemax vessels, having a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.7 million deadweight tonnage (dwt). As of February 16, 2017, the Company’s fleet included Danae, Dione, Nirefs, Alcyon, Triton, Thetis, Protefs, Calipso, Clio, Erato, Coronis, Melite, Leto, Artemis, Selina, Atalandi, Maia, Medusa, Norfolk, Aliki, Semirio, Boston, Seattle, Santa Barbara, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newport News. The Company charters its dry bulk carriers to customers primarily pursuant to time charters.

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