Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) and Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Odyssey Marine Exploration and Mistras Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.12 million 8.37 -$8.98 million ($1.11) -3.70
Mistras Group $680.81 million 0.86 $53.46 million $0.61 33.82

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

Risk and Volatility

Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.26, suggesting that its share price is 226% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mistras Group has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.6% of Mistras Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Odyssey Marine Exploration and Mistras Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mistras Group 0 5 1 0 2.17

Mistras Group has a consensus target price of $35.00, indicating a potential upside of 69.66%. Given Mistras Group’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Odyssey Marine Exploration N/A N/A -200.42%
Mistras Group 2.69% 7.04% 4.06%

Summary

Mistras Group beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration

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.

About Mistras Group

Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.

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