Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NM) and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE:NNA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.6%. Navios Maritime Holdings does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation pays out 69.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

19.7% of Navios Maritime Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.8% of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Navios Maritime Holdings has a beta of 2.95, indicating that its share price is 195% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Navios Maritime Holdings and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Holdings -20.55% -13.28% -4.27%
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation 16.30% 7.85% 2.58%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Navios Maritime Holdings and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Holdings $435.26 million 0.32 $79.40 million ($0.80) -1.50
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation $274.31 million 0.81 $150.37 million $0.29 5.07

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Navios Maritime Holdings. Navios Maritime Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Navios Maritime Holdings and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Holdings 1 1 0 0 1.50
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Navios Maritime Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $1.25, indicating a potential upside of 4.17%. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has a consensus price target of $1.75, indicating a potential upside of 19.05%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is more favorable than Navios Maritime Holdings.

Summary

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation beats Navios Maritime Holdings on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Navios Maritime Holdings Company Profile

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (Navios Holdings) is a global, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and logistics company. The Company is focused on the transport and transshipment of dry bulk commodities, including iron ore, coal and grain. It operates through two segments: the Dry bulk Vessel Operations and the Logistics Business. The Dry bulk Vessel Operations segment consists of the transportation and handling of bulk cargoes through the ownership, operation and trading of vessels, freight and forward freight agreements (FFAs). The Logistics Business segment consists of port terminal business, barge business and cabotage business in the Hidrovia region of South America. Navios Holdings also offers commercial and technical management services to the fleets of Navios Maritime Partners L.P., Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P., Navios Europe Inc. and Navios Europe (II) Inc.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is an international shipping company. The Company owns a fleet of modern crude oil, refined petroleum product and chemical tankers providing marine transportation services around the world. The Company charters its vessels to international oil companies, refiners and vessel operators under long, medium and short-term charters. The Company’s fleet includes approximately 38 double-hulled tanker vessels, aggregating approximately four million deadweight tons (dwt). The fleet includes approximately eight very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers, which transport crude oil, and over eight Long Range 1 (LR1) product tankers; approximately 18 Medium Range 2 (MR2) product tankers, and over four chemical tankers, which transport refined petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals. Its vessels include Nave Constellation, Nave Universe, Nave Polaris, Nave Cosmos, Nave Velocity, Nave Sextans, Nave Pyxis, Nave Luminosity, Nave Jupiter and Nave Pulsar.

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