Head to Head Review: Navios Maritime (NYSE:NM) vs. COSTAMARE INC/SH (NYSE:CMRE)

Navios Maritime (NYSE:NM) and COSTAMARE INC/SH (NYSE:CMRE) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Navios Maritime and COSTAMARE INC/SH’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime $517.74 million 0.12 -$268.72 million N/A N/A
COSTAMARE INC/SH $380.40 million 2.59 $81.70 million $0.42 19.83

COSTAMARE INC/SH has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Navios Maritime.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.7% of Navios Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.1% of COSTAMARE INC/SH shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Navios Maritime has a beta of 2.79, meaning that its share price is 179% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, COSTAMARE INC/SH has a beta of 2.28, meaning that its share price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500.


COSTAMARE INC/SH pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Navios Maritime does not pay a dividend. COSTAMARE INC/SH pays out 95.2% 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 breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Navios Maritime and COSTAMARE INC/SH, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime 0 0 0 0 N/A
COSTAMARE INC/SH 1 0 1 0 2.00

COSTAMARE INC/SH has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential downside of 6.96%. Given COSTAMARE INC/SH’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe COSTAMARE INC/SH is more favorable than Navios Maritime.


This table compares Navios Maritime and COSTAMARE INC/SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime -47.32% -2.43% -0.42%
COSTAMARE INC/SH 18.02% 8.70% 3.98%


COSTAMARE INC/SH beats Navios Maritime on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Navios Maritime

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. operates as a seaborne shipping and logistics company in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and internationally. The company focuses on the transportation and transshipment of dry bulk commodities, including iron ores, coal, and grains. It operates through three segments: Dry Bulk Vessel Operations, Logistics Business, and Containers Business. The Dry Bulk Vessel Operations segment engages in the transportation and handling of bulk cargoes through the ownership, operation, and trading of vessels and freight. This segment charters its vessels to trading houses, producers, and government-owned entities. The Logistics Business segment operates ports and transfer station terminals, as well as upriver transport facilities in the Hidrovia region; and handles vessels, barges, and push boats. This segment provides its integrated transportation, storage, and related services through its port facilities, fleet of dry and liquid cargo barges, and product tankers to mineral and grain commodity providers, as well as to users of refined petroleum products. The Containers Business segment operates in the containership sector. The company's fleet consists of 61 vessels totaling 6.4 million deadweight tons. Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco.


Costamare Inc. owns and charters containerships to liner companies worldwide. As of February 27, 2019, it had a fleet of 78 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 548,000 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU), including 73 vessels in the water, aggregating approximately 484,000 TEU; and 5 new build vessels of 64,000 TEU. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Monaco.

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