Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (NYSE: NAP) and CAI International (NYSE:CAP) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.


Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 19.4%. CAI International does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays out 196.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and CAI International, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners 1 2 0 0 1.67
CAI International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners currently has a consensus price target of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 18.64%. Given Navios Maritime Midstream Partners’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Midstream Partners is more favorable than CAI International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.9% of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 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.


This table compares Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and CAI International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners 18.41% 5.73% 3.29%
CAI International 15.28% 10.74% 2.43%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and CAI International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners $84.60 million 2.16 $56.46 million $0.86 10.13
CAI International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than CAI International.


Navios Maritime Midstream Partners beats CAI International on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. (Navios Midstream) is a holding company. The Company’s principal activity is to own, operate and acquire crude oil tankers under long-term employment contracts, as well as refined petroleum product tankers, chemical tankers, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers under long-term employment contracts. The Company focuses to charter its vessels under long-term employment contracts to international oil companies, refiners and large vessel operators. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a fleet consists of six very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which had an average remaining employment term of approximately 4.2 years. Its VLCC vessels include Shinyo Ocean, Shinyo Kannika, Shinyo Saowalak, Shinyo Kieran, C. Dream and Nave Celeste. The Company also provides seaborne shipping services under long-term time charters.

About CAI International

CAI International, Inc. is a transportation finance and logistics company. The Company purchases equipment, primarily intermodal shipping containers and railcars, which it leases to its customers, and also manages equipment for third-party investors. The Company operates through three segments: container leasing, rail leasing and logistics. In operating the Company’s fleet, it leases, re-leases and disposes equipment and contracts for the repair, repositioning and storage of equipment. The Company also provides domestic and international logistics services. The Company leases its container equipment to lessees under long-term leases, short-term leases and finance leases. The Company’s long-term leases have terms of one year or more and specify the number of containers to be leased, the pick-up and drop-off locations.

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