Matrix Service (NASDAQ: MTRX) and CSI Compressco (NASDAQ:CCLP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Matrix Service and CSI Compressco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Matrix Service $1.20 billion 0.33 -$180,000.00 ($0.20) -73.75
CSI Compressco $295.57 million 0.94 -$138.13 million ($1.18) -6.47

Matrix Service has higher revenue and earnings than CSI Compressco. Matrix Service is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CSI Compressco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CSI Compressco pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Matrix Service does not pay a dividend. CSI Compressco pays out -63.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.2% of Matrix Service shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.6% of CSI Compressco shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Matrix Service 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.

Volatility & Risk

Matrix Service has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CSI Compressco has a beta of 1.73, suggesting that its stock price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Matrix Service and CSI Compressco, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Matrix Service 0 2 0 0 2.00
CSI Compressco 1 3 0 0 1.75

CSI Compressco has a consensus price target of $6.33, indicating a potential downside of 17.10%. Given CSI Compressco’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CSI Compressco is more favorable than Matrix Service.


This table compares Matrix Service and CSI Compressco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Matrix Service -0.59% -1.97% -1.12%
CSI Compressco -13.69% -36.92% -5.56%


Matrix Service beats CSI Compressco on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Matrix Service Company Profile

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, infrastructure, construction and maintenance services primarily to the oil, gas, power, petrochemical, industrial, mining and minerals markets. The Company’s segments include Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial. The Electrical Infrastructure segment primarily includes construction and maintenance services to a range of power generation facilities, such as combined cycle plants, natural gas fired power stations and renewable energy installations. The Oil Gas & Chemical segment includes turnaround activities, plant maintenance services and construction in the downstream petroleum industry. The Storage Solutions segment includes new construction of crude and refined products aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), as well as planned and emergency maintenance services. The Industrial segment includes construction and maintenance work in the iron and steel and mining and minerals industries.

CSI Compressco Company Profile

CSI Compressco LP is a provider of compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing and storage. The Company sells custom-designed compressor packages and oilfield fluid pump systems, and provides aftermarket services and compressor package parts and components manufactured by third-party suppliers. It provides these compression services and equipment to a base of natural gas and oil exploration and production, midstream and transmission companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in a number of foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. It is a service provider of natural gas compression services in the United States, utilizing its fleet of compressor packages that employs a spectrum of low-, medium- and high-horsepower engines. As of December 31, 2016, its fleet included approximately 6,000 compressor packages.

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