Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Euroseas to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Euroseas and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euroseas -77.39% -17.55% -6.51%
Euroseas Competitors -91.74% -15.81% -5.52%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Euroseas and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euroseas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Euroseas Competitors 141 469 589 5 2.38

Euroseas presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 61.29%. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 25.52%. Given Euroseas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Euroseas is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.7% of Euroseas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.3% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Euroseas and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Euroseas $32.84 million $3.25 million -0.59
Euroseas Competitors $224.95 million $96.25 million -2.63

Euroseas’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Euroseas. Euroseas is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Euroseas has a beta of 1.66, indicating that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euroseas’ peers have a beta of 2.04, indicating that their average share price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Euroseas peers beat Euroseas on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Euroseas

Euroseas Ltd. is engaged in the shipping business. The Company is an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and is a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes. Eurobulk Ltd. manages the Company’s operations. The Company also owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal and grains, and minor bulks, such as bauxite, phosphate and fertilizers. The Company has a fleet of 12 vessels, including Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, Panamax drybulk carriers and Handymax drybulk carrier, Intermediate containerships, Handysize containerships, and Feeder containerships. The Company‚Äôs five drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 351,272 deadweight tons (dwt), and its seven containerships have a cargo capacity of 11,828 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu).

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