Vectrus (NYSE: VEC) and Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.1% of Vectrus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. 3.9% of Vectrus shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Vectrus and Odyssey Marine Exploration, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vectrus 0 1 1 0 2.50
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vectrus presently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 22.04%. Given Vectrus’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vectrus is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vectrus and Odyssey Marine Exploration’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vectrus $1.12 billion 0.28 $45.00 million $1.90 14.85
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.12 million 8.21 -$8.98 million ($1.11) -3.63

Vectrus has higher revenue and earnings than Odyssey Marine Exploration. Odyssey Marine Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vectrus, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Vectrus and Odyssey Marine Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vectrus 2.06% 18.96% 5.04%
Odyssey Marine Exploration N/A N/A -200.42%

Risk and Volatility

Vectrus has a beta of 2.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.13, meaning that its stock price is 213% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Vectrus beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vectrus Company Profile

Vectrus, Inc. is a provider of services to the United States Government across the world. The Company offers services, including infrastructure asset management, logistics and supply chain management, and information technology and network communication. Its infrastructure asset management services support the United States Army, Air Force and Navy, and include infrastructure services, security, warehouse management and distribution, ammunition management, civil engineering, air base maintenance and operations, communications, emergency services, transportation, and life support activities at various global military installations. Its logistics and supply chain management services support and maintain the vehicle and equipment stocks of the United States Army and Marine Corps. Its information technology and network communication services consist of sustainment of communications systems, network security, systems installation and life cycle management of information technology systems.

Odyssey Marine Exploration Company Profile

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Odyssey) is a deep-ocean exploration company. The Company’s techniques are applied to mineral exploration, shipwreck cargo recovery, and other marine survey and exploration charter services. The Company is engaged in discovering shipwreck sites in the deep ocean and conducting archaeological excavations with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Its shipwreck discoveries include the SS Republic, HMS Victory, Black Swan, La Marquise de Tourny and other unidentified shipwrecks. The Company offers exploration services, including geophysical and geotechnical assessments of seabed mineral deposits to companies, including its subsidiaries and companies, in which it holds an equity position, as a resource development partner. The Company evaluates or explores various types of seabed mineral deposits, such as phosphorites, polymetallic nodules and seafloor massive sulfides. Odyssey offers its marine exploration services to third-party companies.

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