DryShips (NASDAQ: DRYS) and Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, risk and analyst recommendations.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares DryShips and Euroseas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|DryShips||$46.72 million||0.37||-$36.42 million||($7,811.08)||0.00|
Euroseas has higher revenue, but lower earnings than DryShips. Euroseas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DryShips, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares DryShips and Euroseas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
10.0% of DryShips shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.8% of Euroseas shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
DryShips pays an annual dividend of $1.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 63.4%. Euroseas does not pay a dividend. DryShips pays out 0.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of current recommendations for DryShips and Euroseas, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Volatility & Risk
DryShips has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euroseas has a beta of 1.62, suggesting that its share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Euroseas beats DryShips on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Euroseas Company Profile
Euroseas Ltd. is engaged in the shipping business. The Company is an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and is a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes. Eurobulk Ltd. manages the Company’s operations. The Company also owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal and grains, and minor bulks, such as bauxite, phosphate and fertilizers. The Company has a fleet of 12 vessels, including Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, Panamax drybulk carriers and Handymax drybulk carrier, Intermediate containerships, Handysize containerships, and Feeder containerships. The Company’s five drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 351,272 deadweight tons (dwt), and its seven containerships have a cargo capacity of 11,828 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu).
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