Navigator Holdings (NYSE: NVGS) and Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.9% of Navigator Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.4% of Golar LNG Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Golar LNG Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navigator Holdings and Golar LNG Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator Holdings $294.11 million 1.91 $44.63 million $0.35 28.86
Golar LNG Limited $80.26 million 27.12 -$186.53 million N/A N/A

Navigator Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Golar LNG Limited.

Dividends

Golar LNG Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Navigator Holdings does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Navigator Holdings and Golar LNG Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator Holdings 1 0 5 0 2.67
Golar LNG Limited 0 1 8 0 2.89

Navigator Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.61%. Golar LNG Limited has a consensus price target of $34.67, suggesting a potential upside of 60.87%. Given Golar LNG Limited’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Golar LNG Limited is more favorable than Navigator Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Navigator Holdings and Golar LNG Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator Holdings 6.44% 2.28% 1.25%
Golar LNG Limited -179.35% -7.78% -3.28%

Volatility & Risk

Navigator Holdings has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golar LNG Limited has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Golar LNG Limited beats Navigator Holdings on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Navigator Holdings

Navigator Holdings Ltd. is an owner and operator of a fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers. The Company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemical gases and ammonia. As of December 31, 2016, it had 33 semi- or fully-refrigerated handysize liquefied gas carriers. Its handysize liquefied gas carriers are liquefied gas carriers with capabilities between 15,000 and 24,999 cubic meter (cbm). Its handysize liquefied gas carriers can accommodate medium- and long-haul routes. In addition, it had four midsize 37,300 cbm ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers as of December 31, 2016. Its midsize ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated gas carriers enable long-haul transportation of ethane/ethylene. As of December 31, 2016, it also had one 38,000 cbm fully refrigerated gas carrier. The Company carries LPG for international energy companies, state-owned utilities and commodities traders.

About Golar LNG Limited

Golar LNG Limited is a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company engaged primarily in the transportation, regasification, liquefaction and trading of LNG. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, operation and chartering of LNG carriers and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRUs) through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and the development of LNG projects, such as floating LNGs (FLNGs). The Company’s segments include Vessel operations, LNG trading and FLNG. Under the Vessel operations segment, the Company operates and charters out LNG carriers and FSRUs on fixed terms to customers. Through the LNG trading segment, the Company provides physical and financial risk management in LNG and gas markets for customers around the world. The FLNG segment includes the costs associated with the conversion of its LNG carrier, the Hilli, to a FLNG. The Company, along with its affiliate, Golar LNG Partners LP, has a combined fleet of approximately 30 vessels.

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