Comparing Gener8 Maritime (GNRT) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP)

Gener8 Maritime (NYSE: GNRT) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gener8 Maritime and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gener8 Maritime $404.62 million 1.13 $67.30 million ($1.41) -3.89
Tsakos Energy Navigation $481.79 million 0.58 $55.78 million $0.11 30.18

Gener8 Maritime has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Tsakos Energy Navigation. Gener8 Maritime is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tsakos Energy Navigation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. Gener8 Maritime does not pay a dividend. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 181.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Gener8 Maritime and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gener8 Maritime -34.10% 1.16% 0.56%
Tsakos Energy Navigation 5.64% 2.02% 0.88%

Risk and Volatility

Gener8 Maritime has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tsakos Energy Navigation has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Gener8 Maritime and Tsakos Energy Navigation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gener8 Maritime 0 1 1 0 2.50
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Gener8 Maritime currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 82.48%. Tsakos Energy Navigation has a consensus price target of $5.36, suggesting a potential upside of 61.36%. Given Gener8 Maritime’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Gener8 Maritime is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.8% of Gener8 Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.8% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.7% of Gener8 Maritime shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Tsakos Energy Navigation beats Gener8 Maritime on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Gener8 Maritime Company Profile

Gener8 Maritime, Inc. is a provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services. The Company operates through the transportation of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum products with its fleet of vessels segment. As of March 10, 2017, the Company owned a fleet of 40 tankers on the water, consisting of 24 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), 10 Suezmax vessels, four Aframax vessels and two Panamax vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 9.4 million deadweight tons (DWT) and one eco VLCC newbuilding. As of March 10, 2017, approximately 77% of its total fleet carrying capacity based on DWT, including newbuildings, was focused on VLCC vessels. As of March 10, 2017, all of its VLCC vessels were deployed in Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool, all of its Suezmax vessels were deployed in Navig8 Group’s Suez8 Pool and all of its Aframax vessels were deployed in the Navig8 Group’s V8 Pool.

Tsakos Energy Navigation Company Profile

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd is a provider of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services. The Company operates through maritime transportation of liquid energy related products segment. The Company consists of 65 double-hull vessels, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, totaling 7.2 million deadweight. Of these, 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers. Its diversified fleet, which includes VLCC, aframax, panamax, handysize, handymax tankers, LNG carrier and DP2 shuttle tankers, allows it to serve its customers’ international petroleum product and crude oil transportation needs.

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