Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP) and CafePress (NASDAQ:PRSS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and CafePress’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ferrellgas Partners $1.93 billion 0.18 -$54.20 million ($0.55) -6.64
CafePress $85.68 million 0.27 -$10.25 million ($0.61) -2.20

CafePress has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ferrellgas Partners. Ferrellgas Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CafePress, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Ferrellgas Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.0%. CafePress does not pay a dividend. Ferrellgas Partners pays out -72.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and CafePress’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ferrellgas Partners -4.54% N/A -2.98%
CafePress -12.80% -29.35% -22.99%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ferrellgas Partners and CafePress, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ferrellgas Partners 2 2 0 0 1.50
CafePress 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ferrellgas Partners presently has a consensus price target of $3.50, suggesting a potential downside of 4.11%. Given Ferrellgas Partners’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ferrellgas Partners is more favorable than CafePress.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.2% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.9% of CafePress shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.7% of CafePress shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Ferrellgas Partners has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CafePress has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Ferrellgas Partners beats CafePress on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ferrellgas Partners

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. distributes and sells propane and related equipment and supplies primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Propane Operations and Related Equipment Sales, and Midstream Operations. The company transports propane to propane distribution locations, tanks on customers' premises, or to portable propane tanks delivered to retailers. It conducts its portable tank exchange operations under the Blue Rhino brand name through a network of independent and partnership-owned distribution outlets. The company's propane is primarily used for space heating, water heating, cooking, outdoor cooking using gas grills, crop drying, irrigation, weed control, and other propane fueled appliances; as an engine fuel for combustion engine vehicles and forklifts; and as a heating or energy source in manufacturing and drying processes. It serves residential, industrial/commercial, portable tank exchange, agricultural, wholesale, and other customers in 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As of July 31, 2017, it operated 61 service centers and 789 propane distribution locations. The company is also involved in the sale of refined fuels; provision of common carrier services; retail sale of propane appliances and related parts and fittings, as well as other retail propane related services and consumer products; sale of gas grills, grilling tools and accessories, patio heaters, fireplace and garden accessories, mosquito traps, and other outdoor products; and treatment and disposal of salt water generated from crude oil production, as well as in the sale of crude oil. In addition, it operates salt water disposal wells in the Eagle Ford shale region of south Texas; and provides crude oil transportation and logistics services under the Bridger Logistics brand name. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

About CafePress

CafePress Inc. operates as retailer of personalized products in the United States and internationally. The company offers gifts and accessories, including T-shirts and apparel; mugs and drinkware; and home goods, such as custom shower curtains and bed coverings. It conducts its business on its primary United States based domain, CafePress.com; and operates CafePress branded Websites for the markets in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The company also sells CafePress branded products through other online retail partners. The company was formerly known as CafePress.com, Inc. and changed its name to CafePress Inc. in June 2011. CafePress Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

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