Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and International Seaways’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scorpio Tankers $522.75 million 1.83 -$24.90 million ($0.79) -4.30
International Seaways $398.32 million 1.26 -$18.22 million ($2.51) -6.87

International Seaways has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Scorpio Tankers. International Seaways is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Scorpio Tankers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Scorpio Tankers pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. International Seaways does not pay a dividend. Scorpio Tankers pays out -5.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Seaways has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scorpio Tankers -31.12% -6.47% -2.52%
International Seaways -23.86% 1.36% 0.95%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Scorpio Tankers and International Seaways, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scorpio Tankers 0 0 11 0 3.00
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

Scorpio Tankers currently has a consensus price target of $6.56, indicating a potential upside of 93.01%. International Seaways has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 74.01%. Given Scorpio Tankers’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Scorpio Tankers is more favorable than International Seaways.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.3% of Scorpio Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.8% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Scorpio Tankers Company Profile

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (Scorpio Tankers) is engaged in the seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products in the international shipping markets. The Company operates through four segments: Handymax, MR, LR1/Panamax and LR2. As of March 15, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 78 owned tankers (22 LR2, 14 Handymax and 42 MR) with a weighted average age of approximately 2.3 years, and 19 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers, which it operated (one LR2, one LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax) (collectively referred to as its Operating Fleet). As of March 1, 2017, the Company’s total oil tanker fleet (crude, products and product/chemical tankers) consisted of 4,754 ships with a combined capacity of 525.9 million deadweight tonnage. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had contracts for the construction of one LR2 tanker and eight MR tankers. Its vessels include STI Brixton, STI Comandante, STI Finchley, STI Hammersmith, STI Larvotto, STI San Antonio and STI Regina.

International Seaways Company Profile

International Seaways, Inc. and its subsidiaries own and operate a fleet of oceangoing vessels. The Company’s oceangoing vessels engage in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the International Flag trades. The Company’s segments are International Crude Tankers and International Product Carriers. Its 55-vessel fleet consists of Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Aframax and Panamax crude tankers, as well as long range 1 (LR1), LR2 and medium range (MR) product carriers. Its International Crude Tankers segment is made up of a ULCC and a fleet of VLCCs, Aframaxes, and Panamaxes. Its International Product Carriers segment consists of a fleet of MRs, LR1s and an LR2 engaged in the transportation of crude and refined petroleum products. Through joint venture partnerships (the JVs), it has ownership interests in approximately four liquefied natural gas carriers and approximately two floating storage and offloading service vessels.

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