DryShips (NASDAQ: DRYS) is one of 27 public companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare DryShips to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
DryShips $51.93 million -$198.68 million 0.00
DryShips Competitors $220.64 million -$76.22 million 7.66

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for DryShips and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DryShips 0 0 0 0 N/A
DryShips Competitors 146 479 592 5 2.37

As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 30.84%. Given DryShips’ peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DryShips has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DryShips -218.76% -49.79% -27.33%
DryShips Competitors -84.73% -15.18% -5.29%

Volatility & Risk

DryShips has a beta of 2.18, suggesting that its stock price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DryShips’ peers have a beta of 1.92, suggesting that their average stock price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.9% of DryShips shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

DryShips pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. DryShips pays out 0.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.2% and pay out 0.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. DryShips lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Summary

DryShips peers beat DryShips on 10 of the 11 factors compared.

About DryShips

DryShips, Inc. is a holding company. The Company owns drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels. The Company operates through two segments: the drybulk carrier and the offshore support. Under its drybulk segment, the Company operates as a provider of drybulk commodities transportation services for the steel, electric utility, construction and agri-food industries. Under its offshore support segment, the Company operates as a provider of offshore support services to the global offshore energy industry. The Offshore support segment operates a diversified fleet of offshore support vessels. It owns a fleet of approximately 20 Panamax drybulk carriers, which have a combined deadweight tonnage (dwt) of approximately 1.5 million dwt and an average age of approximately 10 years, and six offshore supply vessels, comprising over two platform supply and four oil spill recovery vessels, and have an average age of approximately 3.1 years.

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