Crude Carriers Corp. (NYSE: CRU) and Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE:NAT) are both small-cap sea-borne tankers companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

Nordic American Tankers Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Crude Carriers Corp. does not pay a dividend. Nordic American Tankers Limited pays out -13.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crude Carriers Corp. and Nordic American Tankers Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crude Carriers Corp. N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) -3.44
Nordic American Tankers Limited $236.79 million 1.79 -$4.45 million ($0.91) -4.56

Crude Carriers Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Nordic American Tankers Limited. Nordic American Tankers Limited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crude Carriers Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.7% of Nordic American Tankers Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Crude Carriers Corp. and Nordic American Tankers Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nordic American Tankers Limited 3 2 0 0 1.40

Nordic American Tankers Limited has a consensus target price of $5.40, indicating a potential upside of 30.12%. Given Nordic American Tankers Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nordic American Tankers Limited is more favorable than Crude Carriers Corp..

Profitability

This table compares Crude Carriers Corp. and Nordic American Tankers Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crude Carriers Corp. -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%
Nordic American Tankers Limited 0.06% 0.25% 0.16%

Summary

Nordic American Tankers Limited beats Crude Carriers Corp. on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crude Carriers Corp. Company Profile

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

Nordic American Tankers Limited Company Profile

Nordic American Tankers Limited is an international tanker company. The Company owns approximately 26 vessels, including approximately two new buildings under construction, of approximately 156,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) each. The Company’s Suezmaxes tankers can carry over one million barrels of oil. The vessels in the Company’s fleet are homogenous and interchangeable. The Company’s vessels are employed in the spot market. The Company’s vessels include Nordic Harrier, Nordic Hawk, Nordic Hunter, Nordic Voyager, Nordic Fighter, Nordic Freedom, Nordic Discovery, Nordic Saturn, Nordic Jupiter, Nordic Moon, Nordic Apollo, Nordic Cosmos, Nordic Sprite, Nordic Mistral, Nordic Passat, Nordic Vega, Nordic Breeze, Nordic Zenith, Nordic Sprinter, Nordic Skier and Nordic Light.

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