Comparing Scorpio Tankers (STNG) & Tsakos Energy Navigation (TNP)

Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scorpio Tankers -31.12% -6.47% -2.52%
Tsakos Energy Navigation 5.64% 2.02% 0.88%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Scorpio Tankers and Tsakos Energy Navigation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scorpio Tankers 0 0 10 0 3.00
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Scorpio Tankers currently has a consensus price target of $6.06, indicating a potential upside of 150.52%. Tsakos Energy Navigation has a consensus price target of $5.14, indicating a potential upside of 54.91%. Given Scorpio Tankers’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Scorpio Tankers is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.

Dividends

Scorpio Tankers pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Scorpio Tankers pays out -5.1% of its earnings in the form of 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.

Risk and Volatility

Scorpio Tankers has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its share price is 29% 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scorpio Tankers $522.75 million 1.45 -$24.90 million ($0.79) -3.08
Tsakos Energy Navigation $481.79 million 0.58 $55.78 million $0.11 30.00

Tsakos Energy Navigation has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Scorpio Tankers. Scorpio Tankers 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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.0% of Scorpio Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Tsakos Energy Navigation beats Scorpio Tankers on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (Scorpio Tankers) is engaged in the seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products in the international shipping markets. The Company operates through four segments: Handymax, MR, LR1/Panamax and LR2. As of March 15, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 78 owned tankers (22 LR2, 14 Handymax and 42 MR) with a weighted average age of approximately 2.3 years, and 19 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers, which it operated (one LR2, one LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax) (collectively referred to as its Operating Fleet). As of March 1, 2017, the Company’s total oil tanker fleet (crude, products and product/chemical tankers) consisted of 4,754 ships with a combined capacity of 525.9 million deadweight tonnage. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had contracts for the construction of one LR2 tanker and eight MR tankers. Its vessels include STI Brixton, STI Comandante, STI Finchley, STI Hammersmith, STI Larvotto, STI San Antonio and STI Regina.

About Tsakos Energy Navigation

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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