Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP) and Costamare (NYSE:CMRE) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Tsakos Energy Navigation has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Costamare has a beta of 2.17, indicating that its share price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.0% of Costamare shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are held by company insiders. 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.

Dividends

Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Costamare pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 95.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Costamare pays out 105.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Tsakos Energy Navigation and Costamare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tsakos Energy Navigation 6.86% 2.48% 1.07%
Costamare 12.70% 8.94% 3.83%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Tsakos Energy Navigation and Costamare, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 2 6 0 2.75
Costamare 0 4 3 0 2.43

Tsakos Energy Navigation presently has a consensus target price of $5.57, suggesting a potential upside of 20.07%. Costamare has a consensus target price of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 36.22%. Given Costamare’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Costamare is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tsakos Energy Navigation and Costamare’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tsakos Energy Navigation $510.27 million 0.77 $192.10 million $0.21 22.10
Costamare $438.93 million 1.51 $280.04 million $0.38 16.42

Costamare has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Tsakos Energy Navigation. Costamare is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tsakos Energy Navigation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Costamare beats Tsakos Energy Navigation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tsakos Energy Navigation

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd is a provider of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services. The Company operates through maritime transportation of liquid energy related products segment. It operates a fleet of approximately 57 modern crude oil and petroleum product tankers that provide marine transportation services for national and other independent oil companies and refiners under long, medium and short-term charters. Its fleet also includes a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier and over two shuttle suezmax tankers with dynamic positioning technology (DP2). This fleet diversity includes a range of sister ships. The Company‚Äôs fleet consists of 65 double-hull vessels totaling 7.2 million deadweight tonnage. Its diversified fleet, which includes VLCC, suezmax, aframax, panamax, handysize, handymax tankers, LNG carrier and DP2 shuttle tankers, allows it to serve its customers’ international petroleum product and crude oil transportation needs.

About Costamare

Costamare Inc. (Costamare) is a holding company. The Company is an international owner of containerships. The Company is engaged in chartering its vessels to various liner companies. The Company provides marine transportation services around the world by chartering its container vessels to liner operators under long, medium and short-term time charters. As of March 10, 2017, the Company had a fleet of 69 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 456,000 TEU, including five newbuilds on order. The Company’s fleet of vessels includes Cosco Guangzhou, Titan, Cosco Yantian, Valor, Valiant and Maersk Kobe. Its subsidiaries include Adele Shipping Co., Bastian Shipping Co., Cadence Shipping Co., Jodie Shipping Co. and Kayley Shipping Co.

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