Seacor (NYSE: GSL) and Global Ship Lease (NYSE:GSL) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Seacor and Global Ship Lease’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seacor $577.89 million 1.61 $61.64 million $1.29 39.47
Global Ship Lease $158.99 million 0.41 -$74.26 million N/A N/A

Seacor has higher revenue and earnings than Global Ship Lease.

Volatility & Risk

Seacor has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Ship Lease has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Seacor and Global Ship Lease’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seacor 18.26% 2.88% 1.31%
Global Ship Lease -53.56% 7.71% 3.08%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Seacor and Global Ship Lease, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seacor 0 2 0 0 2.00
Global Ship Lease 0 0 0 0 N/A

Seacor presently has a consensus price target of $48.50, indicating a potential downside of 4.73%. Given Seacor’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Seacor is more favorable than Global Ship Lease.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.7% of Seacor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.2% of Global Ship Lease shares are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Seacor shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Seacor beats Global Ship Lease on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Seacor

SEACOR Holdings Inc., a diversified holding company, engages in transportation, and logistics and risk management consultancy businesses in the United States and internationally. The company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment owns and operates a diversified fleet of marine transportation, and towing and bunkering assets. This segment also operates carriers for the United States coastwise trade of crude oil, petroleum, and chemical products; and owns and operates dry bulk carriers. In addition, the company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment provides terminal support and technical ship management services, as well as pure car/truck carrier, liner, and short-sea transportation services. Its Inland Transportation & Logistics Services segment markets and operates river transportation equipment for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and containers, and petroleum products; owns and operates multi-modal terminal facilities; and operates barge fleeting locations and transshipment terminal. The company's Witt O'Brien's segment provides resilience solutions for areas of critical infrastructure. The company also engages in lending and leasing activities; and agricultural commodity trading and logistics business; and provision of general aviation services. SEACOR Holdings Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

About Global Ship Lease

Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and charters containerships of various sizes under long-term fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 twenty-foot equivalent units. The company is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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