Diana Containerships (NASDAQ: DCIX) and Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Diana Containerships has a beta of 2.24, indicating that its stock price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euroseas has a beta of 1.74, indicating that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Diana Containerships and Euroseas, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diana Containerships 0 0 0 0 N/A
Euroseas 0 0 1 0 3.00

Euroseas has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 52.28%. Given Euroseas’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Euroseas is more favorable than Diana Containerships.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Diana Containerships and Euroseas’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diana Containerships $33.19 million 1.74 -$149.01 million ($80,806.49) 0.00
Euroseas $28.42 million 0.77 -$44.22 million ($3.15) -0.63

Euroseas has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Diana Containerships. Euroseas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Diana Containerships, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.9% of Diana Containerships shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of Euroseas shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Diana Containerships and Euroseas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diana Containerships -467.42% -27.46% -10.57%
Euroseas -77.39% -17.55% -6.51%

Summary

Euroseas beats Diana Containerships on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Diana Containerships

Diana Containerships Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership of containerships. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of six panamax and six post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 61,517 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included SAGITTA, CENTAURUS, NEW JERSEY, PAMINA, DOMINGO, DOUKATO, PUELO, PUCON, MARCH, GREAT and HAMBURG. The Company’s customers include national, regional and international companies. The Company charters its vessels to customers primarily pursuant to short-term and long-term time charters. As of December 31, 2016, its subsidiaries included Likiep Shipping Company Inc., Orangina Inc., Rongerik Shipping Company Inc., Dud Shipping Company Inc., Mago Shipping Company Inc., Eluk Shipping Company Inc., Oruk Shipping Company Inc., Meck Shipping Company Inc., Langor Shipping Company Inc. and Unitized Ocean Transport Limited.

About Euroseas

Euroseas Ltd. is engaged in the shipping business. The Company is an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and is a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes. Eurobulk Ltd. manages the Company’s operations. The Company also owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal and grains, and minor bulks, such as bauxite, phosphate and fertilizers. The Company has a fleet of 12 vessels, including Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, Panamax drybulk carriers and Handymax drybulk carrier, Intermediate containerships, Handysize containerships, and Feeder containerships. The Company‚Äôs five drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 351,272 deadweight tons (dwt), and its seven containerships have a cargo capacity of 11,828 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu).

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