Critical Contrast: Exponent (EXPO) and Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX)

Exponent (NASDAQ: EXPO) and Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ:OMEX) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Exponent has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.18, indicating that its stock price is 218% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Exponent and Odyssey Marine Exploration’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exponent 15.94% 16.52% 11.53%
Odyssey Marine Exploration N/A N/A -200.42%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Exponent and Odyssey Marine Exploration, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exponent 0 0 1 0 3.00
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A

Exponent presently has a consensus target price of $75.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.08%. Given Exponent’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Exponent is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.3% of Exponent shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Exponent shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Exponent and Odyssey Marine Exploration’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exponent $311.50 million 5.85 $71.89 million $1.93 36.63
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.12 million 9.14 -$8.98 million ($1.11) -4.05

Exponent has higher revenue and earnings than Odyssey Marine Exploration. Odyssey Marine Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Exponent, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Exponent pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Odyssey Marine Exploration does not pay a dividend. Exponent pays out 43.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Exponent beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Exponent

Exponent, Inc. (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health. Its Engineering and Other Scientific segment includes biomechanics, biomedical engineering, buildings and structures, civil engineering, construction consulting, materials and corrosion engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science and materials chemistry, statistical and data sciences, thermal sciences and vehicle analysis services. Its Environmental and Health segment includes chemical regulation and food safety; ecological and biological sciences; environmental and earth sciences, and health sciences. Exponent serves clients in automotive, government, health, insurance, manufacturing and technology, among others.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Odyssey) is a deep-ocean exploration company. The Company’s techniques are applied to mineral exploration, shipwreck cargo recovery, and other marine survey and exploration charter services. The Company is engaged in discovering shipwreck sites in the deep ocean and conducting archaeological excavations with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Its shipwreck discoveries include the SS Republic, HMS Victory, Black Swan, La Marquise de Tourny and other unidentified shipwrecks. The Company offers exploration services, including geophysical and geotechnical assessments of seabed mineral deposits to companies, including its subsidiaries and companies, in which it holds an equity position, as a resource development partner. The Company evaluates or explores various types of seabed mineral deposits, such as phosphorites, polymetallic nodules and seafloor massive sulfides. Odyssey offers its marine exploration services to third-party companies.

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