DHT Holdings (NYSE: DHT) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.6% of DHT Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares DHT Holdings and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DHT Holdings -12.48% 6.07% 3.03%
International Seaways -31.22% 0.91% 0.64%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares DHT Holdings and International Seaways’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DHT Holdings $328.15 million 1.74 $154.80 million ($0.44) -9.14
International Seaways $327.29 million 1.80 $85.71 million ($3.50) -5.74

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for DHT Holdings and International Seaways, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DHT Holdings 0 1 3 0 2.75
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

DHT Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 49.25%. International Seaways has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 49.33%. Given International Seaways’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe International Seaways is more favorable than DHT Holdings.

Dividends

DHT Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. International Seaways does not pay a dividend. DHT Holdings pays out -18.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Seaways has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

DHT Holdings beats International Seaways on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DHT Holdings

DHT Holdings, Inc. operates a fleet of crude oil tankers. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 21 crude oil tankers in operation. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 19 very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which are tankers ranging in size from 200,000 to 320,000 deadweight tons (dwt), and two Aframax tankers (Aframaxes), which are tankers ranging in size from 80,000 to 120,000 dwt. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet in operation had a combined carrying capacity of 6,087,095 dwt. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s VLCCs included DHT Ann, DHT Eagle, DHT Phoenix, DHT Hawk, DHT Condor, DHT Scandinavia, DHT China, DHT Amazon, DHT Redwood, DHT Sundarbans, DHT Taiga, DHT Leopard, DHT Lion, DHT Panther and DHT Puma. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s Aframaxes are DHT Cathy and DHT Sophie.

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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