Diana Shipping inc. (NYSE: DSX) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.3% of Diana Shipping inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.3% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Diana Shipping inc. and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diana Shipping inc. -122.29% -14.80% -9.26%
International Seaways -31.22% 0.91% 0.64%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Diana Shipping inc. and International Seaways’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diana Shipping inc. $124.18 million 3.13 -$403,499.00 ($1.90) -2.12
International Seaways $327.29 million 1.61 $85.71 million ($3.50) -5.14

International Seaways has higher revenue and earnings than Diana Shipping inc.. International Seaways is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Diana Shipping inc., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Diana Shipping inc. and International Seaways, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diana Shipping inc. 0 5 3 0 2.38
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

Diana Shipping inc. currently has a consensus price target of $5.19, indicating a potential upside of 29.04%. International Seaways has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 66.76%. Given International Seaways’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe International Seaways is more favorable than Diana Shipping inc..


International Seaways beats Diana Shipping inc. on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Diana Shipping inc.

Diana Shipping Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of shipping transportation services. The Company specializes in the ownership of dry bulk vessels. As of February 16, 2017, the Company’s operating fleet consisted of 48 dry bulk carriers, of which 23 were Panamax, four were Kamsarmax, three were Post-Panamax, 14 were Capesize and four were Newcastlemax vessels, having a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.7 million deadweight tonnage (dwt). As of February 16, 2017, the Company’s fleet included Danae, Dione, Nirefs, Alcyon, Triton, Thetis, Protefs, Calipso, Clio, Erato, Coronis, Melite, Leto, Artemis, Selina, Atalandi, Maia, Medusa, Norfolk, Aliki, Semirio, Boston, Seattle, Santa Barbara, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newport News. The Company charters its dry bulk carriers to customers primarily pursuant to time charters.

About International Seaways

International Seaways, Inc. and its subsidiaries own and operate a fleet of oceangoing vessels. The Company’s oceangoing vessels engage in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the International Flag trades. The Company’s segments are International Crude Tankers and International Product Carriers. Its 55-vessel fleet consists of Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Aframax and Panamax crude tankers, as well as long range 1 (LR1), LR2 and medium range (MR) product carriers. Its International Crude Tankers segment is made up of a ULCC and a fleet of VLCCs, Aframaxes, and Panamaxes. Its International Product Carriers segment consists of a fleet of MRs, LR1s and an LR2 engaged in the transportation of crude and refined petroleum products. Through joint venture partnerships (the JVs), it has ownership interests in approximately four liquefied natural gas carriers and approximately two floating storage and offloading service vessels.

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