Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ: PXS) 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 profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and International Seaways’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pyxis Tankers $30.54 million 1.18 $2.41 million ($0.53) -3.74
International Seaways $327.29 million 1.82 $85.71 million ($3.50) -5.83

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Pyxis Tankers and International Seaways, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pyxis Tankers 0 0 2 0 3.00
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pyxis Tankers presently has a consensus target price of $3.75, indicating a potential upside of 89.39%. International Seaways has a consensus target price of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 46.99%. Given Pyxis Tankers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pyxis Tankers is more favorable than International Seaways.

Profitability

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pyxis Tankers -31.98% -19.86% -7.47%
International Seaways -31.22% 0.91% 0.64%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Pyxis Tankers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.3% of International Seaways shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

International Seaways beats Pyxis Tankers on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pyxis Tankers Company Profile

Pyxis Tankers Inc. is a holding company. The Company is an international maritime transportation company focused on the product tanker sector. It owns a fleet of six double hull product tankers: Pyxis Epsilon with carrying capacity of approximately 50,300 deadweight tonnage (dwt); Pyxis Theta with carrying capacity of approximately 51,800 dwt, Pyxis Malou with carrying capacity of over 50,670 dwt; Pyxis Delta with carrying capacity of approximately 46,620 dwt; Northsea Beta with carrying capacity of over 8,650 dwt, and Northsea Alpha with carrying capacity of approximately 8,615 dwt. Four of the Company’s vessels in the fleet are medium-range (MR), product tankers, three have eco-efficient or eco-modified designs, and two of them are short-range tanker sister ships. Its fleet is capable of transporting refined petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel and fuel oil, as well as other liquid bulk items, such as vegetable oils and organic chemicals.

International Seaways Company Profile

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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