Crude Carriers Corp. (NYSE: CRU) and KNOT Offshore Partners (NYSE:KNOP) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Crude Carriers Corp. and KNOT Offshore Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
KNOT Offshore Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00

KNOT Offshore Partners has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.98%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.6% of KNOT Offshore Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

KNOT Offshore Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. Crude Carriers Corp. does not pay a dividend. KNOT Offshore Partners pays out 89.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. KNOT Offshore Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Crude Carriers Corp. and KNOT Offshore Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crude Carriers Corp. -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%
KNOT Offshore Partners 35.03% 10.34% 4.39%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crude Carriers Corp. and KNOT Offshore Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crude Carriers Corp. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
KNOT Offshore Partners $175.49 million 3.93 $133.46 million $2.33 9.98

KNOT Offshore Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Crude Carriers Corp..

Summary

KNOT Offshore Partners beats Crude Carriers Corp. on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crude Carriers Corp.

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.

About KNOT Offshore Partners

KNOT Offshore Partners LP (KNOT Offshore Partners or the Partnership), owns, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters. The Partnership’s vessels in its fleet are chartered to Statoil ASA (Statoil), Petrobras Transporte S.A. (Transpetro), Repsol Sinopec Brasil, S.A. (Repsol), Royal Dutch Shell plc, ExxonMobil, and Eni Trading and Shipping S.p.A. (ENI). As of March 17, 2017, the Company had a fleet of 12 shuttle tankers. Its shuttle tankers include Fortaleza Knutsen, Recife Knutsen, Bodil Knutsen and Dan Cisne. KNOT Offshore Partners GP LLC is the general partner of the Partnership. It is engaged in the loading, transportation and storage of the crude oil using the vessels in its fleet. It provides all of these services under time charters and bareboat charters. As of December 31, 2016, eight of its shuttle tankers were chartered under time charters and four of its shuttle tankers were chartered under bareboat charters.

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