Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE: LXFR) and Hi-Crush Partners (NYSE:HCLP) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Dividends

Luxfer Holdings PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Hi-Crush Partners does not pay a dividend. Luxfer Holdings PLC pays out 64.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Luxfer Holdings PLC has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Luxfer Holdings PLC and Hi-Crush Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Luxfer Holdings PLC 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hi-Crush Partners 0 1 9 0 2.90

Hi-Crush Partners has a consensus price target of $21.22, indicating a potential upside of 128.20%. Given Hi-Crush Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hi-Crush Partners is more favorable than Luxfer Holdings PLC.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.5% of Luxfer Holdings PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of Hi-Crush Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 34.8% of Hi-Crush Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Luxfer Holdings PLC and Hi-Crush Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Luxfer Holdings PLC 4.84% 16.02% 5.29%
Hi-Crush Partners -8.19% -4.15% -3.28%

Risk & Volatility

Luxfer Holdings PLC has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hi-Crush Partners has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Luxfer Holdings PLC and Hi-Crush Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Luxfer Holdings PLC $409.40 million 0.87 $49.10 million $0.74 17.93
Hi-Crush Partners $235.65 million 3.59 -$1.78 million ($0.65) -14.31

Luxfer Holdings PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Hi-Crush Partners. Hi-Crush Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Luxfer Holdings PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Luxfer Holdings PLC beats Hi-Crush Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Luxfer Holdings PLC Company Profile

Luxfer Holdings PLC is a holding company. The Company is a materials technology company specializing in the design, manufacture and supply of materials, components and gas-containment devices for healthcare, environmental, protection and specialty end-markets. It operates through two divisions: Elektron and Gas Cylinders. Its Elektron Division focuses on specialty materials based primarily on magnesium, zirconium and rare earths. It sells its products through two brands, Magnesium Elektron and MEL Chemicals. Its Gas Cylinders Division manufactures and markets specialized products using aluminum, magnesium, carbon composites and steel. It sells its products through two brands, Luxfer Gas Cylinders and Superform. Its customers include both end users of its products and manufacturers that incorporate its products into finished goods. As of December 31, 2016, it had operated 20 manufacturing plants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, the Czech Republic and China.

Hi-Crush Partners Company Profile

Hi-Crush Partners LP is an integrated producer, transporter, marketer and distributor of monocrystalline sand, a specialized mineral that is used as a proppant to manage the recovery rates of hydrocarbons from oil and natural gas wells. Its reserves consist of northern white sand, a resource in Wisconsin and limited portions of the upper Midwest region of the United States. It owns and operates a portfolio of sand facilities with on-site wet and dry plant assets, including direct access to the United States railroads for distribution to in-basin terminals. It owns and operates a network of strategically located terminals and an integrated distribution system throughout North America, including its PropStream integrated logistics solution, which delivers proppant into the blender at the well site. The Company’s Blair facility, as of December 31, 2016, contained 117.7 million tons of proven recoverable reserves of frac sand meeting API specifications.

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