Global Ship Lease (GSL) versus DryShips (DRYS) Financial Contrast

Global Ship Lease (NYSE: GSL) and DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS) are both large-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Global Ship Lease and DryShips, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Ship Lease 0 0 0 0 N/A
DryShips 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Global Ship Lease and DryShips’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Ship Lease $166.52 million 0.41 -$65.09 million ($0.68) -2.10
DryShips $51.93 million 8.81 -$198.68 million ($103,249.10) 0.00

Global Ship Lease has higher revenue and earnings than DryShips. Global Ship Lease is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DryShips, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

DryShips pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Global Ship Lease does not pay a dividend. DryShips pays out 0.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.3% of Global Ship Lease shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.9% of DryShips shares are held by institutional investors. 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

Global Ship Lease has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DryShips has a beta of 2.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Ship Lease -18.63% 3.12% 1.36%
DryShips -218.76% -49.79% -27.33%

Summary

Global Ship Lease beats DryShips on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Global Ship Lease Company Profile

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.

DryShips Company Profile

DryShips, Inc. is a holding company. The Company owns drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels. The Company operates through two segments: the drybulk carrier and the offshore support. Under its drybulk segment, the Company operates as a provider of drybulk commodities transportation services for the steel, electric utility, construction and agri-food industries. Under its offshore support segment, the Company operates as a provider of offshore support services to the global offshore energy industry. The Offshore support segment operates a diversified fleet of offshore support vessels. It owns a fleet of approximately 20 Panamax drybulk carriers, which have a combined deadweight tonnage (dwt) of approximately 1.5 million dwt and an average age of approximately 10 years, and six offshore supply vessels, comprising over two platform supply and four oil spill recovery vessels, and have an average age of approximately 3.1 years.

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