Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ: SHIP) and Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of Seanergy Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.1% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.16 -$24.62 million ($0.47) -2.32
Navios Maritime Acquisition $290.24 million 0.57 $62.87 million ($0.31) -3.55

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime Acquisition, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00
Navios Maritime Acquisition 0 1 1 0 2.50

Seanergy Maritime presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 175.23%. Navios Maritime Acquisition has a consensus price target of $1.63, suggesting a potential upside of 47.73%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than Navios Maritime Acquisition.


This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seanergy Maritime -16.30% -32.51% -3.76%
Navios Maritime Acquisition -19.94% 2.08% 0.67%


Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.2%. Seanergy Maritime does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -64.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Navios Maritime Acquisition beats Seanergy Maritime on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Seanergy Maritime Company Profile

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company provides marine dry bulk transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. It owns a modern fleet of eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 deadweight tonnages (dwt) and an average fleet age of about 8.1 years. Its fleet comprises vessels, including Leadership, Gloriuship, Geniuship, Premiership, Squireship, Championship, Gladiatorship and Guardianship. The Company’s subsidiaries, which are all, owned by it either directly or indirectly, conduct all of its operations and own all of its operating assets. The Company manages its vessel’s operations, insurances and bunkering, and has the general supervision of its third-party technical and commercial managers. V.Ships Limited, which is an independent third party, provides technical management for its vessels.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is an international shipping company. The Company owns a fleet of modern crude oil, refined petroleum product and chemical tankers providing marine transportation services around the world. The Company charters its vessels to international oil companies, refiners and vessel operators under long, medium and short-term charters. The Company’s fleet includes approximately 38 double-hulled tanker vessels, aggregating approximately four million deadweight tons (dwt). The fleet includes approximately eight very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers, which transport crude oil, and over eight Long Range 1 (LR1) product tankers; approximately 18 Medium Range 2 (MR2) product tankers, and over four chemical tankers, which transport refined petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals. Its vessels include Nave Constellation, Nave Universe, Nave Polaris, Nave Cosmos, Nave Velocity, Nave Sextans, Nave Pyxis, Nave Luminosity, Nave Jupiter and Nave Pulsar.

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