Diana Containerships (NASDAQ: DCIX) and Baltic Trading (NYSE:BALT) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.8% of Diana Containerships shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diana Containerships 55.69% -26.32% -11.21%
Baltic Trading -613.08% -49.39% -30.66%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Diana Containerships and Baltic Trading’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diana Containerships $33.19 million 0.53 -$149.01 million $4,487.38 0.00
Baltic Trading N/A N/A N/A ($1.14) -1.37

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

Risk and Volatility

Diana Containerships has a beta of 3.18, indicating that its share price is 218% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Baltic Trading has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Diana Containerships and Baltic Trading, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diana Containerships 0 0 0 0 N/A
Baltic Trading 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Diana Containerships beats Baltic Trading on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Diana Containerships Company Profile

Diana Containerships Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership of containerships. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of six panamax and six post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 61,517 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included SAGITTA, CENTAURUS, NEW JERSEY, PAMINA, DOMINGO, DOUKATO, PUELO, PUCON, MARCH, GREAT and HAMBURG. The Company’s customers include national, regional and international companies. The Company charters its vessels to customers primarily pursuant to short-term and long-term time charters. As of December 31, 2016, its subsidiaries included Likiep Shipping Company Inc., Orangina Inc., Rongerik Shipping Company Inc., Dud Shipping Company Inc., Mago Shipping Company Inc., Eluk Shipping Company Inc., Oruk Shipping Company Inc., Meck Shipping Company Inc., Langor Shipping Company Inc. and Unitized Ocean Transport Limited.

Baltic Trading Company Profile

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.

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