Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser (OTCMKTS:AMCF) and Martin Midstream Partners (NASDAQ:MMLP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.0% of Martin Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 51.9% of Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of Martin Midstream Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser and Martin Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser N/A N/A N/A
Martin Midstream Partners 6.19% 5.03% 1.20%

Dividends

Martin Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.1%. Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser does not pay a dividend. Martin Midstream Partners pays out 454.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser and Martin Midstream Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Martin Midstream Partners $946.12 million 0.48 $17.13 million $0.44 26.64

Martin Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser.

Risk & Volatility

Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Martin Midstream Partners has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser and Martin Midstream Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser 0 0 0 0 N/A
Martin Midstream Partners 0 3 2 0 2.40

Martin Midstream Partners has a consensus price target of $16.20, suggesting a potential upside of 38.23%. Given Martin Midstream Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Martin Midstream Partners is more favorable than Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser.

Summary

Martin Midstream Partners beats Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Andatee China Marine Fuel Ser Company Profile

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, storage, distribution, and trading of blended marine fuel oil for cargo and fishing vessels in the People's Republic of China. The company also produces customer specific products using its proprietary blending technology. It sells its products through distributors, as well as to retail customers in Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Zhejiang Provinces. The company is based in Dalian, the People's Republic of China.

Martin Midstream Partners Company Profile

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. collects, transports, stores, and markets petroleum products and by-products in the United States Gulf Coast region. The company's Terminalling and Storage segment owns or operates 22 marine shore-based terminal facilities and 16 specialty terminal facilities that provide storage, refining, blending, packaging, and handling services for producers and suppliers of petroleum products and by-products. This segment also offers land rental services to oil and gas companies, as well as storage and handling services for lubricants and fuels. Its Natural Gas Services segment distributes natural gas liquids (NGLs) to propane retailers, refineries, and industrial NGL users. This segment owns a NGL pipeline covering an area of approximately 200 miles from Kilgore, Texas to Beaumont, Texas; and 2.4 million barrels of underground storage capacity for NGLs. It also develops, constructs, operates, and manages natural gas storage facilities in northern Louisiana and Mississippi. The company's Sulfur Services segment manufactures and markets various sulfur-based fertilizer and related sulfur products, including plant nutrient and agricultural ground sulfur products; ammonium sulfate products; industrial sulfur products; and liquid sulfur products. This segment owns 26 railcars and leases 76 railcars to transport molten sulfur; and leases 132 railcars to transport fertilizer products. Its Marine Transportation segment operates 33 inland marine tank barges, 18 inland push boats, and 1 offshore tug and barge units that transport petroleum products and by-products to oil and gas refining companies, and petroleum marketing companies. Martin Midstream GP LLC serves as a general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Kilgore, Texas.

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