StealthGas (NASDAQ: GASS) and Golden Ocean Group Limited (NASDAQ:GOGL) are both deep sea freight companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares StealthGas and Golden Ocean Group Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
StealthGas $144.13 million 0.98 -$7.79 million ($0.17) -20.76
Golden Ocean Group Limited $257.81 million 4.13 -$127.71 million ($0.46) -16.52

StealthGas has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Golden Ocean Group Limited. StealthGas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Golden Ocean Group Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

StealthGas has a beta of 1.77, suggesting that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golden Ocean Group Limited has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares StealthGas and Golden Ocean Group Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StealthGas -4.41% 0.44% 0.25%
Golden Ocean Group Limited -14.69% -3.91% -2.02%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for StealthGas and Golden Ocean Group Limited, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StealthGas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Golden Ocean Group Limited 0 1 6 0 2.86

StealthGas presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 98.30%. Golden Ocean Group Limited has a consensus target price of $11.33, suggesting a potential upside of 49.12%. Given StealthGas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe StealthGas is more favorable than Golden Ocean Group Limited.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.9% of StealthGas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.9% of Golden Ocean Group Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


StealthGas beats Golden Ocean Group Limited on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About StealthGas

StealthGas Inc. is a provider of international seaborne transportation services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producers and users, as well as crude oil and product carriers to oil producers, refineries and commodities traders. The Company owns a fleet of LPG carriers. Its LPG carriers carry various petroleum gas products in liquefied form, including propane, butane, butadiene, isopropane, propylene and vinyl chloride monomer, which are all byproducts of the production of crude oil and natural gas. The medium range product carriers in its fleet are capable of carrying refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals, while its Aframax tanker is used for carrying crude oil. Its fleet consists of approximately 50 LPG carriers, including two chartered-in LPG carriers, two 2008-built product carriers, a 2009-built product carrier and a 2010-built Aframax crude oil tanker.

About Golden Ocean Group Limited

Golden Ocean Group Limited, formerly Knightsbridge Shipping Limited, is an international dry bulk shipping company. The Company is engaged in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes. It owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels, focusing on the Capesize, Panamax and Supramax markets. Its vessels transport a range of major and minor bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains and fertilizers. Its fleet includes owned vessels, bareboat vessels, chartered vessels, commercial management vessels and newbuildings. It owns over 40 dry bulk carriers and has contracts for over 20 newbuildings. It also has over 10 vessels chartered-in (of which over eight are chartered in from Ship Finance and over five are chartered in from third parties) and over one vessel chartered-in through a joint venture. Approximately six of the vessels are chartered-out on fixed rate time charters and the other operates in the spot market or fixed on index-linked time charter contracts.

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