Reviewing Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) and Its Peers

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Star Bulk Carriers Corp. to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.8% of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.3% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. 0 1 6 0 2.86
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors 144 473 590 5 2.38

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $13.20, suggesting a potential upside of 25.59%. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 26.67%. Given Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has a beta of 2.84, indicating that its share price is 184% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s peers have a beta of 2.04, indicating that their average share price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. -36.90% -5.54% -2.83%
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors -87.74% -15.40% -5.32%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. $266.62 million $59.28 million -5.65
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors $224.95 million $96.25 million -2.59

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. beats its peers on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included 73 vessels consisting primarily of Newcastlemax and Capesize, as well as Kamsarmax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with a carrying capacity between 52,055 and 209,537 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company’s vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains and fertilizers, along shipping routes across the world. The Company’s fleet, which emphasizes Capesize vessels, primarily transports minerals from the Americas and Australia to East Asia, particularly China, as well as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Company’s Supramax vessels carry minerals, grain products and steel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Indonesia, and from these areas to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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