Green Plains Partners (NASDAQ:GPP) and OriginClear (OTCMKTS:OCLN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Green Plains Partners has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OriginClear has a beta of -0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 192% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Green Plains Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.9%. OriginClear does not pay a dividend. Green Plains Partners pays out 119.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Green Plains Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Green Plains Partners and OriginClear’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Green Plains Partners 54.78% -71.28% 51.91%
OriginClear 30.14% N/A -97.62%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.9% of Green Plains Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Green Plains Partners and OriginClear’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Green Plains Partners $100.75 million 3.15 $55.68 million $1.59 8.62
OriginClear $4.64 million 0.22 -$11.35 million N/A N/A

Green Plains Partners has higher revenue and earnings than OriginClear.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Green Plains Partners and OriginClear, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Green Plains Partners 0 3 1 0 2.25
OriginClear 0 0 0 0 N/A

Green Plains Partners presently has a consensus target price of $17.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.64%. Given Green Plains Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Green Plains Partners is more favorable than OriginClear.

Summary

Green Plains Partners beats OriginClear on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Green Plains Partners

Green Plains Partners LP provides fuel storage and transportation services. It acquires, owns, develops, and operates ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets, and other related assets and businesses. The company owns or leases 32 ethanol storage facilities and approximately 49 acres of land. Green Plains Holdings LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Green Plains Partners LP is a subsidiary of Green Plains Inc.

About OriginClear

OriginClear, Inc. is a provider of water treatment solutions and the developer of a breakthrough water cleanup technology. It provides systems and services to treat water in a wide range of industries, such as municipal, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, industrial, and oil & gas. The company was founded by T. Riggs Eckelberry and Nicholas Eckelberry on June 1, 2007 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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