Cypress Energy Partners (NYSE:CELP) and HMS (NASDAQ:HMSY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Cypress Energy Partners and HMS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cypress Energy Partners 2.48% 75.27% 4.86%
HMS 9.25% 9.00% 6.27%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cypress Energy Partners and HMS, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cypress Energy Partners 0 0 1 0 3.00
HMS 0 2 6 0 2.75

Cypress Energy Partners presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 173.35%. HMS has a consensus target price of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 42.69%. Given Cypress Energy Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cypress Energy Partners is more favorable than HMS.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.6% of Cypress Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.5% of HMS shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of HMS shares are owned 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 & Volatility

Cypress Energy Partners has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HMS has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cypress Energy Partners and HMS’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cypress Energy Partners $401.65 million 0.07 $16.01 million $0.88 2.49
HMS $626.40 million 3.55 $87.22 million $1.15 21.83

HMS has higher revenue and earnings than Cypress Energy Partners. Cypress Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HMS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

HMS beats Cypress Energy Partners on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cypress Energy Partners

Cypress Energy Partners, L.P. provides pipeline inspection and integrity, and water and environmental services in North America. The company operates in three segments: Pipeline Inspection Services, Pipeline & Process Services, and Water and Environmental Services. The Pipeline Inspection Services segment offers independent inspection services for various facilities and equipment, such as transmission pipelines; oil and natural gas gathering systems; pump, compressor, measurement, and regulation stations; storage facilities and terminals; and gas distribution systems. The Pipeline & Process Services segment offers hydrostatic testing services, including filling, pressure testing, and dewatering; chemical cleaning services; and other related services. The Water and Environmental Services segment owns and operates nine Environmental Protection Agency Class II saltwater disposal (SWD) facilities in the Williston Basin region of North Dakota. This segment also offers flowback water management services by disposing flowback water produced from hydraulic fracturing operations during the completion of oil and natural gas wells; provides water management services by disposing naturally occurring water that is extracted during the oil and natural gas production process; separates residual oil from the saltwater stream and sells it to third-parties; and manages SWD facilities. The company serves oil and natural gas producers, pipeline owners and operators, public utility or local distribution companies, trucking companies, and third-party purchasers of residual oil. Cypress Energy Partners GP, LLC operates as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

About HMS

HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides cost containment solutions in the United States healthcare marketplace. The company offers coordination of benefits services to government and commercial healthcare payers to ensure that the correct party pays the claim; and population management solutions that provide risk-bearing organizations with intelligence across their member populations to identify risks, and enhance patient engagement and outcomes, as well as payment integrity, care management and consumer engagement, and analytical solutions. It serves state Medicaid programs, commercial health plans, federal government health agencies, government and private employers, children's health insurance program, and other healthcare payers, as well as a subcontractor. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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