Euronav (NYSE: EURN) and Paragon Shipping (OTCMKTS:PRGNF) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
22.7% of Euronav shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Euronav and Paragon Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Euronav currently has a consensus price target of $9.25, indicating a potential upside of 5.11%. Given Euronav’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Euronav is more favorable than Paragon Shipping.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Euronav and Paragon Shipping’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Euronav||$691.26 million||2.03||$204.04 million||$0.21||41.91|
|Paragon Shipping||$1.98 million||0.00||$23.78 million||N/A||N/A|
Euronav has higher revenue and earnings than Paragon Shipping.
Euronav pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Paragon Shipping does not pay a dividend. Euronav pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Euronav and Paragon Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Risk and Volatility
Euronav has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Paragon Shipping has a beta of 2.78, indicating that its stock price is 178% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Euronav beats Paragon Shipping on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and manages a fleet of vessels for the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of April 4, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 55 double hulled vessels, including 31 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 19 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 2 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.
About Paragon Shipping
Paragon Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services. The Company specializes in transporting drybulk cargoes, including commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials, along shipping routes across the world. It focuses on newbuilding program, including over three Kamsarmax drybulk carriers with fleet carrying capacity of over 245,400 deadweight tons. Allseas Marine S.A. and Seacommercial Shipping Services S.A provide commercial and technical management services for its fleet. Its technical management services include arranging for and managing crews, maintaining regulatory and classification society compliance, and providing technical support. Its commercial management services include negotiating charters for its vessels, monitoring various types of charters, monitoring the performance of its vessels, financing and negotiating the purchase and sale of its vessels, and obtaining insurance for its vessels and finance and accounting functions.
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