Reviewing Hi-Crush (NYSE:HCR) & Its Peers

Hi-Crush (NYSE: HCR) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Hi-Crush to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Hi-Crush has a beta of 1.93, meaning that its share price is 93% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hi-Crush’s competitors have a beta of 1.13, meaning that their average share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.3% of Hi-Crush shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.5% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 34.8% of Hi-Crush shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Hi-Crush and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hi-Crush 9.99% 10.24% 6.09%
Hi-Crush Competitors 14.09% 8.00% 14.31%

Dividends

Hi-Crush pays an annual dividend of $0.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 51.0%. Hi-Crush pays out 65.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 41.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Hi-Crush and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hi-Crush 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hi-Crush Competitors 310 965 1085 36 2.35

As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 6.83%. Given Hi-Crush’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hi-Crush has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hi-Crush and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hi-Crush $842.84 million $137.59 million 1.29
Hi-Crush Competitors $1.80 billion $230.45 million 20.58

Hi-Crush’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hi-Crush. Hi-Crush is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Hi-Crush competitors beat Hi-Crush on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Hi-Crush

Hi-Crush Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides proppant and logistics solutions to the petroleum industry in North America. The company offers raw frac sand used in hydraulic fracturing process for oil and natural gas wells. It owns and operates multiple frac sand mining facilities, which include a 971-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Wyeville, Wisconsin; a 1,187-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin; a 1,285-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Blair, Wisconsin; and a 1,626-acre facility with integrated rail infrastructure located in Independence, Wisconsin and Whitehall, Wisconsin. The company also owns and operates a 1,226-acre frac sand reserve located near Kermit, Texas; and 12 terminal locations throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and New York. It primarily serves pressure pumping service providers, and oil and gas exploration and production companies. Hi-Crush GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as Hi-Crush Partners LP and changed its name to Hi-Crush Inc. in June 2019. Hi-Crush Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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