Contrasting Global Ship Lease (GSL) and Its Peers

Global Ship Lease (NYSE: GSL) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Global Ship Lease to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Global Ship Lease has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Ship Lease’s competitors have a beta of 2.04, meaning that their average stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Global Ship Lease and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Ship Lease $162.48 million $110.76 million -1.07
Global Ship Lease Competitors $223.90 million $92.85 million -2.56

Global Ship Lease’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Global Ship Lease. Global Ship Lease is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Global Ship Lease and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Ship Lease 0 0 0 0 N/A
Global Ship Lease Competitors 144 477 592 5 2.38

As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 27.44%. Given Global Ship Lease’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Global Ship Lease has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Global Ship Lease and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Ship Lease -38.68% 1.96% 0.86%
Global Ship Lease Competitors -87.51% -15.21% -5.31%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.3% of Global Ship Lease shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Global Ship Lease

Global Ship Lease, Inc. is a holding company and containership charter owner. The Company’s activity consists of the ownership and chartering out of containerships. It owns a fleet of containerships with a range of sizes. Its fleet comprises over 20 containerships, with a combined capacity of over 82,310 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) and a weighted average age of over 11.0 years, and a non-weighted average age of over 11.3 years. Its vessels include CMA CGM Matisse, CMA CGM Utrillo, Delmas Keta, Julie Delmas, Kumasi, Marie Delmas, CMA CGM La Tour, CMA CGM Manet, CMA CGM Alcazar, CMA CGM Chateau d’If, CMA CGM Thalassa, CMA CGM Jamaica, CMA CGM Sambhar and CMA CGM America. Approximately 10 vessels are owned by companies incorporated in Cyprus; over four by companies incorporated in Hong Kong, and approximately one is held by another Marshall Islands company. Its subsidiary, Global Ship Lease Services Limited, provides administrative services.

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