Euronav (NYSE: EURN) and International Shipholding (OTCMKTS:ISHCQ) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Euronav and International Shipholding’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euronav 5.90% 0.49% 0.31%
International Shipholding -15.98% -47.90% -10.59%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

22.7% of Euronav shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Euronav pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. International Shipholding does not pay a dividend. Euronav pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Euronav has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, International Shipholding has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Euronav and International Shipholding, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euronav 0 1 2 0 2.67
International Shipholding 0 0 0 0 N/A

Euronav presently has a consensus target price of $9.25, indicating a potential upside of 12.80%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Euronav and International Shipholding’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euronav $691.26 million 1.89 $204.04 million $0.21 39.05
International Shipholding N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Euronav has higher revenue and earnings than International Shipholding.

Summary

Euronav beats International Shipholding on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Euronav Company Profile

Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and manages a fleet of vessels for the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of April 4, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 55 double hulled vessels, including 31 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 19 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 2 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.

International Shipholding Company Profile

International Shipholding Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates a diversified fleet of the United States and international-flagged vessels that provide domestic and international maritime transportation services under medium to long-term time charters or contracts of affreightment. It operates through three segments: Jones Act, which deploys over two bulk carriers, over three integrated tug or barge units, each consisting of one tug and one barge, and one harbor tug acquired; one belt self-unloading coal carrier to transport coal under a time charter, and one vessel that transports molten sulfur under a contract of affreightment; Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs), which deploys over five PCTCs, including over four United States flag vessels and one international-flagged vessel, and Rail-Ferry, which uses its two roll-on or roll-off special purpose double deck vessels that carry rail cars between the United States Gulf Coast and Mexico.

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