TOP SHIPS (NASDAQ:TOPS) and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares TOP SHIPS and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|TOP SHIPS||$41.05 million||0.08||-$11.13 million||N/A||N/A|
|Pangaea Logistics Solutions||$372.97 million||0.37||$17.76 million||$0.53||5.89|
Pangaea Logistics Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than TOP SHIPS.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
4.9% of TOP SHIPS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.1% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 46.7% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk & Volatility
TOP SHIPS has a beta of -0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 130% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Pangaea Logistics Solutions pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. TOP SHIPS does not pay a dividend. Pangaea Logistics Solutions pays out 26.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for TOP SHIPS and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Pangaea Logistics Solutions||0||0||1||0||3.00|
TOP SHIPS currently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 466.04%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 92.31%. Given TOP SHIPS’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe TOP SHIPS is more favorable than Pangaea Logistics Solutions.
This table compares TOP SHIPS and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Pangaea Logistics Solutions||4.28%||8.39%||4.35%|
Pangaea Logistics Solutions beats TOP SHIPS on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
TOP SHIPS Company Profile
Top Ships Inc. owns and operates tanker vessels worldwide. The company's medium range tanker vessels transport crude oil, petroleum products, and bulk liquid chemicals. As of December 31, 2018, it had a fleet of two bareboat chartered-in 50,000 deadweight ton (dwt) product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Stenaweco Energy and the M/T Stenaweco Evolution; two 39,000 dwt product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Eco Fleet and the M/T Eco Revolution; six 50,000 dwt product/chemical tankers, the M/T Stenaweco Excellence, M/T Nord Valiant, M/T Stenaweco Elegance, the M/T Eco Palm Desert, the M/T Eco California, and the M/T Eco Marina Del Ray; two 50,000 dwt product/chemical tankers, the M/T Eco Holmby Hills and the M/T Palm Springs; and a 157,000 dwt Suezmax vessel M/T Eco Bel Air. The company was formerly known as Top Tankers Inc. and changed its name to Top Ships Inc. in December 2007. Top Ships Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.
Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile
Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne dry bulk logistics and transportation services to industrial customers worldwide. The company offers various dry bulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite, and limestone. Its ocean logistics services comprise cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning, and technical vessel management. As of March 20, 2019, the company operated a fleet of 20 vessels. Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is based in Newport, Rhode Island.
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