Analyzing Cintas (CTAS) & Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX)

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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cintas $5.32 billion 3.21 $480.70 million $4.47 35.90
Odyssey Marine Exploration $4.68 million 6.69 -$6.31 million ($1.10) -3.39

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Cintas and Odyssey Marine Exploration, as reported by

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

Cintas presently has a consensus price target of $151.10, suggesting a potential downside of 5.83%. Given Cintas’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cintas is more favorable than Odyssey Marine Exploration.


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

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.7% of Cintas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of Odyssey Marine Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. 18.9% of Cintas 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 is poised for long-term growth.


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. Cintas has raised its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

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


Cintas beats Odyssey Marine Exploration on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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