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

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners 1 2 0 0 1.67

Seanergy Maritime presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 200.00%. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has a consensus price target of $9.33, indicating a potential upside of 0.90%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than Navios Maritime Midstream Partners.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.3%. Seanergy Maritime does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners pays out 216.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Navios Maritime Midstream Partners’ 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 Midstream Partners 16.83% 5.22% 2.98%

Risk and Volatility

Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.07 -$24.62 million ($0.47) -2.13
Navios Maritime Midstream Partners $91.83 million 2.15 $24.89 million $0.78 11.86

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Seanergy Maritime. Seanergy Maritime 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of Seanergy Maritime shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.9% of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners beats Seanergy Maritime on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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