Contrasting Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX) and Cintas (CTAS)

Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) and Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.


Cintas pays an annual dividend of $1.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Odyssey Marine Exploration does not pay a dividend. Cintas pays out 36.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Odyssey Marine Exploration has raised its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Odyssey Marine Exploration and Cintas, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Odyssey Marine Exploration 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cintas 1 7 5 0 2.31

Cintas has a consensus price target of $151.10, indicating a potential downside of 5.76%. Given Cintas’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cintas is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.

Volatility and Risk

Odyssey Marine Exploration has a beta of 3.22, meaning that its share price is 222% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cintas has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Odyssey Marine Exploration and Cintas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.68 million 6.69 -$6.31 million ($1.10) -3.39
Cintas $5.32 billion 3.21 $480.70 million $4.47 35.87

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Odyssey Marine Exploration N/A N/A -224.48%
Cintas 9.23% 23.23% 8.94%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of Cintas shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.2% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of Cintas shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Cintas beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Odyssey Marine Exploration Company Profile

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.

Cintas Company Profile

Cintas Corporation is a provider of corporate identity uniforms through rental and sales programs, as well as a provider of related business services, including entrance mats, restroom cleaning services and supplies, carpet and tile cleaning services, first aid and safety services and fire protection products and services. Its segments include uniform rental and facility services, and first aid and safety services. Its uniform rental and facility service segment offers services, which include rental and servicing of uniforms and other garments, including flame resistant clothing, mats, mops and shop towels, and other ancillary items. Its first aid and safety service segment offers services, which include first aid and safety products and services. Rental processing plants, rental branches, first aid and safety facilities, fire protection facilities, direct sales offices, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities are all utilized by the businesses included in All Other.

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