Hornbeck Offshore Services (NYSE: HOS) and Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Hornbeck Offshore Services and Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’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%
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. -36.90% -5.54% -2.83%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Hornbeck Offshore Services and Star Bulk Carriers Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hornbeck Offshore Services 0 4 0 0 2.00
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. 0 1 6 0 2.86

Hornbeck Offshore Services presently has a consensus target price of $4.75, indicating a potential upside of 19.05%. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has a consensus target price of $12.80, indicating a potential upside of 22.72%. Given Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is more favorable than Hornbeck Offshore Services.

Risk and Volatility

Hornbeck Offshore Services has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has a beta of 2.92, suggesting that its share price is 192% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.7% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.0% of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 7.1% of Hornbeck Offshore Services shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hornbeck Offshore Services and Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hornbeck Offshore Services $175.31 million 0.84 $13.13 million ($2.27) -1.76
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. $266.62 million 2.48 $59.97 million ($1.86) -5.61

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than Hornbeck Offshore Services. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. 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

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. beats Hornbeck Offshore Services on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hornbeck Offshore Services

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.

About Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included 73 vessels consisting primarily of Newcastlemax and Capesize, as well as Kamsarmax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with a carrying capacity between 52,055 and 209,537 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company’s vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains and fertilizers, along shipping routes across the world. The Company’s fleet, which emphasizes Capesize vessels, primarily transports minerals from the Americas and Australia to East Asia, particularly China, as well as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Company’s Supramax vessels carry minerals, grain products and steel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Indonesia, and from these areas to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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