Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ: SHIP) and Navios Maritime (NYSE:NM) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.6% of Seanergy Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.9% of Navios Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seanergy Maritime -16.30% -32.51% -3.76%
Navios Maritime -21.39% -17.18% -4.70%

Risk & Volatility

Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime has a beta of 2.89, meaning that its stock price is 189% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00
Navios Maritime 1 2 0 0 1.67

Seanergy Maritime presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 194.12%. Navios Maritime has a consensus target price of $1.25, suggesting a potential downside of 11.35%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than Navios Maritime.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.09 -$24.62 million ($0.47) -2.17
Navios Maritime $419.78 million 0.39 -$303.82 million ($0.81) -1.74

Seanergy Maritime has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Navios Maritime. Seanergy Maritime is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navios Maritime, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Seanergy Maritime beats Navios Maritime on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Seanergy Maritime Company Profile

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company provides marine dry bulk transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. It owns a modern fleet of eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 deadweight tonnages (dwt) and an average fleet age of about 8.1 years. Its fleet comprises vessels, including Leadership, Gloriuship, Geniuship, Premiership, Squireship, Championship, Gladiatorship and Guardianship. The Company’s subsidiaries, which are all, owned by it either directly or indirectly, conduct all of its operations and own all of its operating assets. The Company manages its vessel’s operations, insurances and bunkering, and has the general supervision of its third-party technical and commercial managers. V.Ships Limited, which is an independent third party, provides technical management for its vessels.

Navios Maritime Company Profile

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (Navios Holdings) is a global, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and logistics company. The Company is focused on the transport and transshipment of dry bulk commodities, including iron ore, coal and grain. It operates through two segments: the Dry bulk Vessel Operations and the Logistics Business. The Dry bulk Vessel Operations segment consists of the transportation and handling of bulk cargoes through the ownership, operation and trading of vessels, freight and forward freight agreements (FFAs). The Logistics Business segment consists of port terminal business, barge business and cabotage business in the Hidrovia region of South America. Navios Holdings also offers commercial and technical management services to the fleets of Navios Maritime Partners L.P., Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P., Navios Europe Inc. and Navios Europe (II) Inc.

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