Navigator Holdings (NYSE: NVGS) and GasLog LP. (NYSE:GLOG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

GasLog LP. pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Navigator Holdings does not pay a dividend. GasLog LP. pays out -800.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.7% of Navigator Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.8% of GasLog LP. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Navigator Holdings and GasLog LP., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator Holdings 1 0 4 0 2.60
GasLog LP. 0 1 6 0 2.86

Navigator Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $13.33, indicating a potential upside of 30.08%. GasLog LP. has a consensus target price of $19.14, indicating a potential upside of 13.27%. Given Navigator Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Navigator Holdings is more favorable than GasLog LP..

Profitability

This table compares Navigator Holdings and GasLog LP.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator Holdings 9.48% 3.23% 1.81%
GasLog LP. 0.70% 0.50% 0.17%

Risk and Volatility

Navigator Holdings has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GasLog LP. has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navigator Holdings and GasLog LP.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator Holdings $295.06 million 1.93 $123.49 million $0.51 20.10
GasLog LP. $489.97 million 2.78 $326.28 million ($0.07) -241.43

GasLog LP. has higher revenue and earnings than Navigator Holdings. GasLog LP. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navigator Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

GasLog LP. beats Navigator Holdings on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Navigator Holdings

Navigator Holdings Ltd. is an owner and operator of a fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers. The Company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemical gases and ammonia. As of December 31, 2016, it had 33 semi- or fully-refrigerated handysize liquefied gas carriers. Its handysize liquefied gas carriers are liquefied gas carriers with capabilities between 15,000 and 24,999 cubic meter (cbm). Its handysize liquefied gas carriers can accommodate medium- and long-haul routes. In addition, it had four midsize 37,300 cbm ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers as of December 31, 2016. Its midsize ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated gas carriers enable long-haul transportation of ethane/ethylene. As of December 31, 2016, it also had one 38,000 cbm fully refrigerated gas carrier. The Company carries LPG for international energy companies, state-owned utilities and commodities traders.

About GasLog LP.

GasLog Ltd. is an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The Company provides support to international energy companies as part of their LNG logistics chain. The Company’s owned consolidated fleet consists of 27 LNG carriers, including 22 ships in operation and five LNG carriers on order. The Company also had four LNG carriers operating under its technical management for third parties. GasLog Partners LP, a master limited partnership formed by the Company, owned a further of approximately 10 LNG carriers. Its on the water fleet includes Methane Lydon Volney, GasLog Savannah, GasLog Savannah, GasLog Chelsea, GasLog Skagen, Solaris and GasLog Saratoga. Its new builds vessels include Hull No. 2130, Hull No. 2800 and Hull No. 2801. Its GasLog Partners Fleet includes GasLog Seattle, GasLog Shanghai, GasLog Santiago, GasLog Sydney and Methane Jane Elizabeth. Its managed fleet includes Methane Julia Louise and Methane Nile Eagle.

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