Gener8 Maritime (NYSE: GNRT) and Crude Carriers (NYSE:CRU) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Gener8 Maritime and Crude Carriers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gener8 Maritime $404.62 million 0.89 $67.30 million ($1.41) -3.09
Crude Carriers N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) N/A

Gener8 Maritime has higher revenue and earnings than Crude Carriers. Gener8 Maritime is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crude Carriers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Gener8 Maritime and Crude Carriers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gener8 Maritime -34.10% 1.16% 0.56%
Crude Carriers -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Gener8 Maritime and Crude Carriers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gener8 Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A

Gener8 Maritime presently has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 129.89%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.1% of Gener8 Maritime shares are held by institutional investors. 13.7% of Gener8 Maritime shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Gener8 Maritime beats Crude Carriers on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gener8 Maritime

Gener8 Maritime, Inc. is a provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services. The Company operates through the transportation of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum products with its fleet of vessels segment. As of March 10, 2017, the Company owned a fleet of 40 tankers on the water, consisting of 24 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), 10 Suezmax vessels, four Aframax vessels and two Panamax vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 9.4 million deadweight tons (DWT) and one eco VLCC newbuilding. As of March 10, 2017, approximately 77% of its total fleet carrying capacity based on DWT, including newbuildings, was focused on VLCC vessels. As of March 10, 2017, all of its VLCC vessels were deployed in Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool, all of its Suezmax vessels were deployed in Navig8 Group’s Suez8 Pool and all of its Aframax vessels were deployed in the Navig8 Group’s V8 Pool.

About Crude Carriers

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

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