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

Volatility & Risk

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has a beta of 0.52, meaning that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners $84.60 million 2.21 $56.46 million $0.86 10.38
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation $258.27 million 0.69 $133.16 million ($0.20) -5.90

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

Dividends

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.9%. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.9%. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays out 196.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation pays out -100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Navios Maritime Midstream Partners and Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners 1 2 0 0 1.67
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners currently has a consensus price target of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 15.71%. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has a consensus price target of $1.67, suggesting a potential upside of 41.24%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is more favorable than Navios Maritime Midstream Partners.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.9% of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.5% of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners 18.41% 5.73% 3.29%
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation -12.34% 4.89% 1.62%

About Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. (Navios Midstream) is a holding company. The Company’s principal activity is to own, operate and acquire crude oil tankers under long-term employment contracts, as well as refined petroleum product tankers, chemical tankers, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers under long-term employment contracts. The Company focuses to charter its vessels under long-term employment contracts to international oil companies, refiners and large vessel operators. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a fleet consists of six very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which had an average remaining employment term of approximately 4.2 years. Its VLCC vessels include Shinyo Ocean, Shinyo Kannika, Shinyo Saowalak, Shinyo Kieran, C. Dream and Nave Celeste. The Company also provides seaborne shipping services under long-term time charters.

About Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

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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