Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (OTCMKTS:ULTRF) and Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ:EGLE) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
47.1% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Eagle Bulk Shipping||$236.79 million||1.51||-$43.79 million||($0.42)||-11.67|
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Eagle Bulk Shipping.
Risk and Volatility
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has a beta of 1.86, indicating that its stock price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and Eagle Bulk Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Eagle Bulk Shipping||0||1||6||0||2.86|
Eagle Bulk Shipping has a consensus target price of $7.17, indicating a potential upside of 46.26%. Given Eagle Bulk Shipping’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Eagle Bulk Shipping is more favorable than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).
This table compares Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Eagle Bulk Shipping||-3.52%||0.96%||0.55%|
Eagle Bulk Shipping beats Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) on 7 of the 9 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.
Eagle Bulk Shipping Company Profile
Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the ocean transportation of a broad range of dry bulk cargoes worldwide through the ownership, charter, and operation of dry bulk vessels. It operates Supramax and Handymax vessels that transport minor and major bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement, and fertilizer. The company was founded by Sophocles N. Zoullas on March 23, 2005 and is headquartered in Stamford, CT.
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