Analyzing Navigator (NVGS) and Its Competitors

Navigator (NYSE: NVGS) is one of 144 publicly-traded companies in the “TRANSPORTATION” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Navigator to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

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Navigator has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navigator’s competitors have a beta of 1.19, suggesting that their average share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Navigator and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator 0 1 3 0 2.75
Navigator Competitors 1087 3982 4809 199 2.41

Navigator presently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 26.58%. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies have a potential upside of 8.24%. Given Navigator’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Navigator is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Navigator and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator 1.78% 0.84% 0.44%
Navigator Competitors 0.94% 6.75% 3.13%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Navigator and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator $298.60 million $5.31 million 118.51
Navigator Competitors $3.23 billion $305.22 million 19.34

Navigator’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Navigator. Navigator 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.8% of Navigator shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.8% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.7% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Navigator beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Navigator

Navigator Holdings Ltd. is an owner and operator of a fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers. The Company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemical gases and ammonia. As of December 31, 2016, it had 33 semi- or fully-refrigerated handysize liquefied gas carriers. Its handysize liquefied gas carriers are liquefied gas carriers with capabilities between 15,000 and 24,999 cubic meter (cbm). Its handysize liquefied gas carriers can accommodate medium- and long-haul routes. In addition, it had four midsize 37,300 cbm ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers as of December 31, 2016. Its midsize ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated gas carriers enable long-haul transportation of ethane/ethylene. As of December 31, 2016, it also had one 38,000 cbm fully refrigerated gas carrier. The Company carries LPG for international energy companies, state-owned utilities and commodities traders.

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