Reviewing Nordic American Tanker (NAT) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP)

Nordic American Tanker (NYSE: NAT) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Nordic American Tanker pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Nordic American Tanker and Tsakos Energy Navigation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nordic American Tanker 2 4 1 0 1.86
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Nordic American Tanker presently has a consensus target price of $3.60, suggesting a potential upside of 82.74%. Tsakos Energy Navigation has a consensus target price of $5.36, suggesting a potential upside of 66.89%. Given Nordic American Tanker’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Nordic American Tanker is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

17.3% of Nordic American Tanker shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.8% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Nordic American Tanker has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tsakos Energy Navigation has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nordic American Tanker and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nordic American Tanker $236.79 million 1.18 -$4.45 million N/A N/A
Tsakos Energy Navigation $481.79 million 0.57 $55.78 million $0.20 16.05

Tsakos Energy Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than Nordic American Tanker.

Profitability

This table compares Nordic American Tanker and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nordic American Tanker -32.51% -6.49% -4.09%
Tsakos Energy Navigation 5.64% 2.02% 0.88%

Summary

Tsakos Energy Navigation beats Nordic American Tanker on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nordic American Tanker Company Profile

Nordic American Tankers Limited is an international tanker company. The Company owns approximately 26 vessels, including approximately two new buildings under construction, of approximately 156,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) each. The Company’s Suezmaxes tankers can carry over one million barrels of oil. The vessels in the Company’s fleet are homogenous and interchangeable. The Company’s vessels are employed in the spot market. The Company’s vessels include Nordic Harrier, Nordic Hawk, Nordic Hunter, Nordic Voyager, Nordic Fighter, Nordic Freedom, Nordic Discovery, Nordic Saturn, Nordic Jupiter, Nordic Moon, Nordic Apollo, Nordic Cosmos, Nordic Sprite, Nordic Mistral, Nordic Passat, Nordic Vega, Nordic Breeze, Nordic Zenith, Nordic Sprinter, Nordic Skier and Nordic Light.

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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