Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE:FGP) versus MobileSmith (NYSE:NUZE) Head-To-Head Survey

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and MobileSmith’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ferrellgas Partners $1.68 billion 0.02 -$64.25 million ($0.65) -0.66
MobileSmith $1.79 million 144.29 -$12.19 million N/A N/A

MobileSmith has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ferrellgas Partners.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Ferrellgas Partners and MobileSmith, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ferrellgas Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
MobileSmith 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

Ferrellgas Partners has a beta of 2.39, meaning that its share price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MobileSmith has a beta of -6.08, meaning that its share price is 708% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.2% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.0% of MobileSmith shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ferrellgas Partners -3.23% N/A -3.88%
MobileSmith -698.56% -323.25% -246.92%

Summary

Ferrellgas Partners beats MobileSmith on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ferrellgas Partners Company Profile

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. distributes and sells propane and related equipment and supplies. 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 the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. As of July 31, 2018, it operated 72 service centers and 859 propane distribution locations. The company is also involved in the sale of refined fuels; provision of common carrier services; and retail sale of propane appliances and related parts and fittings, as well as other retail propane related services and consumer products. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. was founded in 1939 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

MobileSmith Company Profile

NuZee, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes single-serve pour over coffee in North America, Japan, and South Korea. The company provides coffee products under Barista, Twin Peaks, and Pine Ranch brand names. NuZee, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Vista, California.

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