Crude Carriers (NYSE: CRU) and Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) are both small-cap sea-borne tankers companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

47.7% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.5% of Dorian LPG shares are owned 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Crude Carriers and Dorian LPG’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crude Carriers N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) N/A
Dorian LPG $167.45 million 2.69 -$1.44 million ($0.21) -38.95

Crude Carriers has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Dorian LPG. Dorian LPG is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crude Carriers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Crude Carriers and Dorian LPG, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dorian LPG 0 1 1 0 2.50

Dorian LPG has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.25%.

Profitability

This table compares Crude Carriers and Dorian LPG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crude Carriers -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%
Dorian LPG -7.30% -4.06% -2.28%

Summary

Dorian LPG beats Crude Carriers on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crude Carriers Company Profile

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

Dorian LPG Company Profile

Dorian LPG Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is focused on owning and operating very large gas carrier (VLGCs) in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping industry. The Company is engaged in the transportation of LPG across the world through its ownership and operation of LPG tankers. As of March 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated a fleet of 22 VLGCs, including 19 84,000 cubic meter (cbm) ECO-design VLGCs (ECO VLGCs) and three 82,000 cbm VLGCs. The VLGCs in its fleet had an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cbm at May 26, 2016. It provides in-house commercial and technical management services for all of its vessels. As of May 26, 2016, its VLGCs included Captain Nicholas ML; Captain John NP; Comet; Corsair; Corvette; Cougar; Concorde; Cobra; Continental; Commodore; Constellation; Cheyenne; Cratis; Chaparral; Commander, and Challenger. The Company’s customers include global energy companies, commodity traders and importers.

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