Baltic Trading (NYSE: BALT) and Costamare (NYSE:CMRE) are both small-cap deep sea freight companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Baltic Trading and Costamare, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baltic Trading 0 0 0 0 N/A
Costamare 0 3 2 0 2.40

Costamare has a consensus price target of $7.10, indicating a potential upside of 26.79%. Given Costamare’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Costamare is more favorable than Baltic Trading.

Dividends

Costamare pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Baltic Trading does not pay a dividend. Costamare pays out 111.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.8% of Costamare shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Baltic Trading and Costamare’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baltic Trading -613.08% -49.39% -30.66%
Costamare 14.03% 7.57% 3.41%

Volatility and Risk

Baltic Trading has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Costamare has a beta of 2.11, meaning that its share price is 111% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Baltic Trading and Costamare’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baltic Trading N/A N/A N/A ($1.14) -1.37
Costamare $468.19 million 1.28 $81.70 million $0.36 15.56

Costamare has higher revenue and earnings than Baltic Trading. Baltic Trading is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Costamare, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Costamare beats Baltic Trading on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Baltic Trading

Baltic Trading Limited is a shipping business focused on the drybulk industry spot market. The Company’s fleet consists of four Capesize vessels, two Ultramax vessels, four Supramax vessels and five Handysize vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1,221,000 deadweight tons. Its fleet contains six groups of sister ships, which are vessels of virtually identical sizes and specifications. It operates a fleet of drybulk ships that transport iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along shipping routes around the world. It operates its vessels on spot market-related time charters, short-term time charters or in vessel pools trading in the spot market. Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Genco) serves as the Company’s manager. Genco provides it with commercial and strategic management of its fleet.

About Costamare

Costamare Inc. (Costamare) is a holding company. The Company is an international owner of containerships. The Company is engaged in chartering its vessels to various liner companies. The Company provides marine transportation services around the world by chartering its container vessels to liner operators under long, medium and short-term time charters. As of March 10, 2017, the Company had a fleet of 69 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 456,000 TEU, including five newbuilds on order. The Company’s fleet of vessels includes Cosco Guangzhou, Titan, Cosco Yantian, Valor, Valiant and Maersk Kobe. Its subsidiaries include Adele Shipping Co., Bastian Shipping Co., Cadence Shipping Co., Jodie Shipping Co. and Kayley Shipping Co.

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