StealthGas (NASDAQ: GASS) and Safe Bulkers (NYSE:SB) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for StealthGas and Safe Bulkers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
This table compares StealthGas and Safe Bulkers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation and Earnings
This table compares StealthGas and Safe Bulkers’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|StealthGas||$154.31 million||1.03||-$1.22 million||$0.14||28.57|
|Safe Bulkers||$148.03 million||2.14||-$84.67 million||($0.16)||-19.50|
StealthGas has higher revenue and earnings than Safe Bulkers. Safe Bulkers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than StealthGas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Risk & Volatility
StealthGas has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safe Bulkers has a beta of 1.94, suggesting that its stock price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
62.0% of StealthGas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.4% of Safe Bulkers shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
StealthGas beats Safe Bulkers on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
StealthGas Company Profile
StealthGas Inc. is a provider of international seaborne transportation services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producers and users, as well as crude oil and product carriers to oil producers, refineries and commodities traders. The Company owns a fleet of LPG carriers. Its LPG carriers carry various petroleum gas products in liquefied form, including propane, butane, butadiene, isopropane, propylene and vinyl chloride monomer, which are all byproducts of the production of crude oil and natural gas. The medium range product carriers in its fleet are capable of carrying refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals, while its Aframax tanker is used for carrying crude oil. Its fleet consists of approximately 50 LPG carriers, including two chartered-in LPG carriers, two 2008-built product carriers, a 2009-built product carrier and a 2010-built Aframax crude oil tanker.
Safe Bulkers Company Profile
Safe Bulkers, Inc. provides marine drybulk transportation services worldwide. It is involved in the acquisition, ownership, and operation of drybulk vessels for transporting bulk cargoes primarily coal, grain, and iron ore. As of February 9, 2018, the company had a fleet of 39 drybulk vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of 3,513,800 deadweight tons. Its fleet consisted of 14 Panamax class vessels, 9 Kamsarmax class vessels, 13 Post-Panamax class vessels, and 3 Capesize class vessels. Safe Bulkers, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Monaco.
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