Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ: EGLE) and Paragon Shipping (OTCMKTS:PRGNF) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Eagle Bulk Shipping and Paragon Shipping, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Bulk Shipping 0 1 1 0 2.50
Paragon Shipping 0 0 0 0 N/A

Eagle Bulk Shipping currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.31%. Given Eagle Bulk Shipping’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Eagle Bulk Shipping is more favorable than Paragon Shipping.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and Paragon Shipping’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Bulk Shipping $124.49 million 2.76 -$223.52 million ($3.36) -1.38
Paragon Shipping $1.98 million 0.00 $23.78 million ($41,006.68) 0.00

Paragon Shipping has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Eagle Bulk Shipping. Eagle Bulk Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Paragon Shipping, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 3.39, indicating that its stock price is 239% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Paragon Shipping has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.5% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and Paragon Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Bulk Shipping -83.12% -10.11% -6.06%
Paragon Shipping N/A N/A N/A


Eagle Bulk Shipping beats Paragon Shipping on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Eagle Bulk Shipping

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. is engaged primarily in the ocean transportation of a range of major and minor bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer, along worldwide shipping routes. The Company operates in the Handymax sector of the dry bulk industry, with particular emphasis on the Supramax class of vessels. The Company owns Supramax dry bulk vessel. Supramax dry bulk vessels range in size from 50,000 to 60,000 deadweight tons. These vessels have the cargo loading and unloading flexibility of on-board cranes while offering cargo carrying capacities approaching that of Panamax dry bulk vessels, which range in size from 60,000 to 100,000 deadweight tons and must rely on port facilities to load and offload their cargoes. On July 26, 2011 the Company sold its the Heron, a Supramax class of vessel.

About Paragon Shipping

Paragon Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services. The Company specializes in transporting drybulk cargoes, including commodities as iron ore, coal, grain and other materials, along shipping routes across the world. It focuses on newbuilding program, including over three Kamsarmax drybulk carriers with fleet carrying capacity of over 245,400 deadweight tons. Allseas Marine S.A. and Seacommercial Shipping Services S.A provide commercial and technical management services for its fleet. Its technical management services include arranging for and managing crews, maintaining regulatory and classification society compliance, and providing technical support. Its commercial management services include negotiating charters for its vessels, monitoring various types of charters, monitoring the performance of its vessels, financing and negotiating the purchase and sale of its vessels, and obtaining insurance for its vessels and finance and accounting functions.

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