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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CAI International and Seanergy Maritime, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAI International 0 2 3 0 2.60
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00

CAI International currently has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.84%. Seanergy Maritime has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 177.78%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than CAI International.

Risk & Volatility

CAI International has a beta of 2.26, meaning that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.44, meaning that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CAI International and Seanergy Maritime’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAI International $294.35 million 1.90 $5.99 million $1.86 15.63
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.15 -$24.62 million ($0.47) -2.30

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAI International 10.93% 7.11% 1.57%
Seanergy Maritime -16.30% -32.51% -3.76%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.1% of CAI International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Seanergy Maritime shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of CAI International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CAI International beats Seanergy Maritime on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CAI International

CAI International, Inc. is a transportation finance and logistics company. The Company purchases equipment, primarily intermodal shipping containers and railcars, which it leases to its customers, and also manages equipment for third-party investors. The Company operates through three segments: container leasing, rail leasing and logistics. In operating the Company’s fleet, it leases, re-leases and disposes equipment and contracts for the repair, repositioning and storage of equipment. The Company also provides domestic and international logistics services. The Company leases its container equipment to lessees under long-term leases, short-term leases and finance leases. The Company’s long-term leases have terms of one year or more and specify the number of containers to be leased, the pick-up and drop-off locations.

About Seanergy Maritime

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.

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