Grindrod Shipping (NASDAQ:GRIN) and Navios Maritime Partners (NASDAQ:NMM) Head to Head Review

Grindrod Shipping (NASDAQ:GRIN) and Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE:NMM) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Grindrod Shipping and Navios Maritime Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grindrod Shipping 0 0 2 0 3.00
Navios Maritime Partners 0 3 0 0 2.00

Grindrod Shipping presently has a consensus price target of $11.55, suggesting a potential upside of 271.38%. Navios Maritime Partners has a consensus price target of $15.17, suggesting a potential upside of 139.22%. Given Grindrod Shipping’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Grindrod Shipping is more favorable than Navios Maritime Partners.

Risk and Volatility

Grindrod Shipping has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Partners has a beta of 2.64, meaning that its stock price is 164% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Grindrod Shipping and Navios Maritime Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grindrod Shipping N/A N/A N/A
Navios Maritime Partners -32.80% 2.55% 1.51%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Grindrod Shipping and Navios Maritime Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grindrod Shipping $331.05 million 0.18 N/A N/A N/A
Navios Maritime Partners $219.38 million 0.32 -$62.13 million $2.43 2.61

Grindrod Shipping has higher revenue and earnings than Navios Maritime Partners.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.9% of Grindrod Shipping shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.9% of Navios Maritime Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

About Grindrod Shipping

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd., an international shipping company, owns, charters-in, and operates a fleet of dry bulk carriers and tankers. The company operates in two businesses, Drybulk Carriers and Tankers. It operates a fleet of 24 owned dry bulk carriers and 6 long-term chartered-in dry bulk carriers that transport a range of bulk and breakbulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains, forestry products, steel products, and fertilizers. The company also operates a fleet of 8 owned tankers and 2 long-term chartered-in tankers, which carry petroleum products, petrol, diesel, jet fuel, and naptha, as well as heavy fuel oil; and low hazard chemical products comprising liquid bulk vegetable oils. Its customers include trading houses, mining companies, industrial manufacturing companies, and oil companies, as well as traders of grains, steel, and forestry products. Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. was incorporated in 2017 and is based in Singapore.

About Navios Maritime Partners

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. owns and operates dry cargo vessels in Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. The company offers seaborne transportation services for a range of dry cargo commodities, including iron ore, coal, grain, and fertilizers, as well as charters its vessels under medium to long-term charters. As of June 12, 2018, it owned a fleet of 38 vessels, including 13 Capesize vessels, 17 Panamaxes, 3 Ultra-Handymaxes, and 5 Container vessels. Navios GP L.L.C. serves as the general partner of Navios Maritime Partners L.P. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Monaco.

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