Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE:NMM) and Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Navios Maritime Partners and Dorian LPG, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Navios Maritime Partners||1||0||2||0||2.33|
Navios Maritime Partners presently has a consensus target price of $2.40, indicating a potential upside of 98.35%. Given Navios Maritime Partners’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Partners is more favorable than Dorian LPG.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Navios Maritime Partners and Dorian LPG’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Navios Maritime Partners||$211.65 million||0.96||-$15.09 million||$0.16||7.56|
|Dorian LPG||$159.34 million||2.28||-$20.40 million||($0.62)||-10.61|
Navios Maritime Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Dorian LPG. Dorian LPG is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navios Maritime Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Navios Maritime Partners and Dorian LPG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Navios Maritime Partners||-15.62%||5.27%||3.13%|
Navios Maritime Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Dorian LPG does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Partners pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
17.4% of Navios Maritime Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of Dorian LPG shares are held by institutional investors. 26.4% of Dorian LPG shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility & Risk
Navios Maritime Partners has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorian LPG has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Navios Maritime Partners beats Dorian LPG on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Navios Maritime Partners
Navios Maritime Partners L.P. owns and operates dry cargo vessels in Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. The company offers seaborne transportation services for a range of dry cargo commodities, including iron ore, coal, grain, and fertilizers, as well as charters its vessels under medium to long-term charters. As of June 12, 2018, it owned a fleet of 38 vessels, including 13 Capesize vessels, 17 Panamaxes, 3 Ultra-Handymaxes, and 5 Container vessels. Navios GP L.L.C. serves as the general partner of Navios Maritime Partners L.P. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Monaco.
About Dorian LPG
Dorian LPG Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its LPG tankers worldwide. It owns and operates very large gas carriers (VLGCs). As of June 26, 2018, its fleet consisted of 22 VLGCs with carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cubic meters. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
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