Contrasting Crude Carriers (CRU) and Hoegh LNG Partners (HMLP)

Crude Carriers (NYSE: CRU) and Hoegh LNG Partners (NYSE:HMLP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Hoegh LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Crude Carriers does not pay a dividend. Hoegh LNG Partners pays out 109.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Crude Carriers has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.6% of Hoegh LNG Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crude Carriers and Hoegh LNG Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crude Carriers N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) N/A
Hoegh LNG Partners $91.11 million 3.84 $41.37 million $1.57 11.27

Hoegh LNG Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Crude Carriers. Crude Carriers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hoegh LNG Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Crude Carriers and Hoegh LNG Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crude Carriers -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%
Hoegh LNG Partners 38.90% 7.77% 3.30%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Crude Carriers and Hoegh LNG Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hoegh LNG Partners 0 0 3 0 3.00

Hoegh LNG Partners has a consensus price target of $21.33, suggesting a potential upside of 20.53%.

Summary

Hoegh LNG Partners beats Crude Carriers on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crude Carriers Company Profile

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

Hoegh LNG Partners Company Profile

Hoegh LNG Partners LP owns, operates and acquires floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and other LNG infrastructure assets under long-term charters. The Company’s segments include Majority held FSRUs, Joint venture FSRUs and other. The Majority held FSRUs segment includes the direct financing lease related to the PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk (PGN) FSRU Lampung and the operating lease related to the Hoegh Gallant. The Joint venture FSRUs segment includes approximately two FSRUs, including the GDF Suez LNG Supply S.A. (GDF Suez) Neptune and the GDF Suez Cape Ann, which operate under long term time charters. The Company intends to acquire newbuilding FSRUs on long-term charters, rather than FSRUs based on retrofitted, first-generation LNG carriers. The PGN FSRU Lampung is located offshore in the Lampung province at the southeast coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

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