Navios Maritime Midstream Partners (NYSE:NAP) and Capital Product Partners (NASDAQ:CPLP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and Capital Product Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners $83.05 million 0.00 $14.63 million $0.70 N/A
Capital Product Partners $279.25 million 1.06 -$100,000.00 $0.14 16.29

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Capital Product Partners. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Capital Product Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share. Capital Product Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.9%. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays out 71.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Capital Product Partners pays out 128.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and Capital Product Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners 0 1 1 0 2.50
Capital Product Partners 0 2 1 0 2.33

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners presently has a consensus target price of $5.25, suggesting a potential upside of ∞. Capital Product Partners has a consensus target price of $3.08, suggesting a potential upside of 35.23%. Given Navios Maritime Midstream Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Midstream Partners is more favorable than Capital Product Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and Capital Product Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners -15.49% 7.17% 3.80%
Capital Product Partners 0.13% 3.24% 2.04%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.5% of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.8% of Capital Product Partners shares are owned 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.

Volatility & Risk

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Capital Product Partners has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners beats Capital Product Partners on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. owns, operates, and acquires crude oil tankers, refined petroleum product tankers, chemical tankers, and liquefied petroleum gas tankers. The company provides seaborne shipping services through its vessels under long-term employment contracts to international oil companies, refiners, and large vessel operators. As of December 31, 2017, it owned six very large crude carrier vessels. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. is a subsidiary of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation.

About Capital Product Partners

Capital Product Partners L.P., a shipping company, provides marine transportation services in Greece. It transports a range of cargoes, including crude oil; refined oil products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel; edible oils; chemicals, such as ethanol; and dry cargo and containerized goods under short-term voyage charters, and medium to long-term time and bareboat charters. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a fleet of 36 vessels, which consisted of 4 Suezmax crude oil tankers, 21 medium range tankers, 10 post-panamax container vessels, and 1 capesize bulk carrier. Capital GP L.L.C. serves as the general partner of the company. Capital Product Partners L.P. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Piraeus, Greece.

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