P.A.M. Transportation Services (NASDAQ: PTSI) and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares P.A.M. Transportation Services and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
P.A.M. Transportation Services $435.80 million 0.41 $52.41 million $1.25 22.37
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $313.00 million 0.33 $30.99 million $0.08 29.88

P.A.M. Transportation Services has higher revenue and earnings than Pangaea Logistics Solutions. P.A.M. Transportation Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pangaea Logistics Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for P.A.M. Transportation Services and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
P.A.M. Transportation Services 0 1 0 0 2.00
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 2 0 3.00

P.A.M. Transportation Services presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 39.20%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus price target of $57.35, suggesting a potential upside of 2,299.58%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than P.A.M. Transportation Services.

Risk & Volatility

P.A.M. Transportation Services has a beta of 1.02, meaning that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.39, meaning that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares P.A.M. Transportation Services and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
P.A.M. Transportation Services 1.85% 8.52% 2.16%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0.88% 6.56% 3.14%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.3% of P.A.M. Transportation Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.7% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 62.0% of P.A.M. Transportation Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

P.A.M. Transportation Services beats Pangaea Logistics Solutions on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About P.A.M. Transportation Services

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a truckload transportation and logistics company. It operates in the motor carrier segment. It operates as a truckload dry van carrier transporting general commodities throughout the continental United States, as well as in certain Canadian provinces. It provides transportation services in Mexico under agreements with Mexican carriers. Its operations are classified into truckload services, or brokerage and logistics services. Truckload services include transportation services, in which it utilizes company owned trucks or independent operator owned trucks for the pickup and delivery of freight. The brokerage and logistics services consist of services, such as transportation scheduling, routing, mode selection, transloading and other services related to the transportation of freight, which may or may not involve the use of company owned or independent operator owned equipment.

About Pangaea Logistics Solutions

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of seaborne drybulk transportation services. The Company services a range of industrial customers who require the transportation of a range of drybulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite and limestone. The Company addresses the transportation needs of its customers by undertaking a set of services and activities, including cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning and technical vessel management. The Company uses a mix of owned and chartered-in motor vessels to transport over 18.3 million deadweight tons (dwt) of cargo to approximately 100 ports across the world, averaging over 40 vessels in service. The Company’s owned fleet includes eight Panamax drybulk carriers, four Supramax drybulk carriers and two Handymax drybulk carriers. Its vessels include Nordic Orion, Nordic Odyssey and Bulk Trident.

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