Comparing Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (ULTRF) and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH (SSW)

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (OTCMKTS:ULTRF) and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH (NYSE:SSW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A
SEASPAN CORP/SH SH 27.00% 7.89% 2.37%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.2% of SEASPAN CORP/SH SH shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) 0 0 0 0 N/A
SEASPAN CORP/SH SH 2 3 3 0 2.13

SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has a consensus target price of $9.60, suggesting a potential upside of 0.95%. Given SEASPAN CORP/SH SH’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SEASPAN CORP/SH SH is more favorable than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) $347.48 million 0.00 -$48.00 million N/A N/A
SEASPAN CORP/SH SH $831.32 million 1.42 $175.23 million $0.66 14.41

SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has higher revenue and earnings than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).


SEASPAN CORP/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) does not pay a dividend. SEASPAN CORP/SH SH pays out 75.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.


SEASPAN CORP/SH SH beats Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Company Profile

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Europe, Central America, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. The River Business segment owns and operates dry and tanker barges, and push boats in the Hidrovia region of South America. Its dry barges transport agricultural and forestry products, iron ore, and other cargoes; and tanker barges carry petroleum products, vegetable oils, and other liquids. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had 681 barges with approximately 1.3 million dwt capacity; and 34 push boats. The Offshore Supply Business segment owns and operates vessels that provide logistical and transportation services for offshore petroleum exploration and production companies. It transports supplies, such as containerized equipment, drill casings, pipes, and heavy loads; fuel, water, drilling fluids, and bulk cement; and various other supplies to drilling rigs and platforms. This segment's fleet consisted of 13 platform supply vessels and 1 remotely operated vehicle. The Ocean Business segment owns and operates oceangoing vessels, which transports petroleum products, as well as a container line service in the Argentine cabotage trade. The company serves petroleum, agricultural, and mining companies. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Nassau, the Bahamas. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited is a subsidiary of Sparrow Capital Investments Ltd.

SEASPAN CORP/SH SH Company Profile

Seaspan Corp. engages in the ownership and management of containerships. It deploys vessels on long-term, fixed-rate time charters, and high utilization rates that are typically associated with long-term time charters. The company was founded by Graham John Porter, Gerry Wang, and Kyle R. Washington on May 3, 2005 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

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