Crude Carriers (NYSE: CRU) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.


Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Crude Carriers does not pay a dividend. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 181.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crude Carriers and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s gross revenue, earnings per share 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
Tsakos Energy Navigation $481.79 million 0.60 $55.78 million $0.11 30.73

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Crude Carriers and Tsakos Energy Navigation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 2 5 0 2.71

Tsakos Energy Navigation has a consensus target price of $5.14, suggesting a potential upside of 52.16%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

26.1% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Crude Carriers and Tsakos Energy Navigation’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%
Tsakos Energy Navigation 5.64% 2.02% 0.88%


Tsakos Energy Navigation beats Crude Carriers on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crude Carriers

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.

About Tsakos Energy Navigation

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd is a provider of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services. The Company operates through maritime transportation of liquid energy related products segment. The Company consists of 65 double-hull vessels, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, totaling 7.2 million deadweight. Of these, 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers. Its diversified fleet, which includes VLCC, aframax, panamax, handysize, handymax tankers, LNG carrier and DP2 shuttle tankers, allows it to serve its customers’ international petroleum product and crude oil transportation needs.

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