Top Ships (NASDAQ:TOPS) and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (NYSE:ZIM) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Top Ships and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Top Ships||$60.22 million||0.60||-$22.82 million||N/A||N/A|
|ZIM Integrated Shipping Services||$3.99 billion||1.84||$517.96 million||$28.16||2.26|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
1.1% of Top Ships shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of ZIM Integrated Shipping Services shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Top Ships and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|ZIM Integrated Shipping Services||38.27%||269.24%||72.43%|
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Top Ships and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|ZIM Integrated Shipping Services||1||2||3||0||2.33|
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has a consensus target price of $59.60, suggesting a potential downside of 6.43%. Given ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is more favorable than Top Ships.
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services beats Top Ships on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Top Ships
Top Ships, Inc. is an international owner and operator of tanker vessels. It focuses on the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals. The company was founded by Evangelos J. Pistiolis on January 10, 2000 and is headquartered in Maroussi, Greece.
About ZIM Integrated Shipping Services
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides container shipping and related services in Israel and internationally. The company provides seaborne transportation and logistics services comprising dry, reefer, project, out of gauge, breakbulk, and dangerous cargo services; inland transport services; and ZIMonitor, a reefer cargo tracking service. As of March 31, 2021, it operated a fleet of 101 vessels with a global network of 69 weekly lines. ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Haifa, Israel.
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