Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ: EGLE) and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited (NASDAQ:ULTR) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 3.45, indicating that its stock price is 245% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited has a beta of 2.39, indicating that its stock price is 139% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Eagle Bulk Shipping and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Bulk Shipping 0 1 1 0 2.50
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited 0 0 0 0 N/A

Eagle Bulk Shipping currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.66%. Given Eagle Bulk Shipping’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Eagle Bulk Shipping is more favorable than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Bulk Shipping N/A N/A N/A ($3.73) -1.26
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited N/A N/A N/A ($0.47) -0.11

Eagle Bulk Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.8% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.0% of Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Bulk Shipping -100.90% -11.66% -7.25%
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited -58.33% -71.51% -22.45%


Eagle Bulk Shipping beats Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Company Profile

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. is engaged primarily in the ocean transportation of a range of major and minor bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer, along worldwide shipping routes. The Company operates in the Handymax sector of the dry bulk industry, with particular emphasis on the Supramax class of vessels. The Company owns Supramax dry bulk vessel. Supramax dry bulk vessels range in size from 50,000 to 60,000 deadweight tons. These vessels have the cargo loading and unloading flexibility of on-board cranes while offering cargo carrying capacities approaching that of Panamax dry bulk vessels, which range in size from 60,000 to 100,000 deadweight tons and must rely on port facilities to load and offload their cargoes. On July 26, 2011 the Company sold its the Heron, a Supramax class of vessel.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited Company Profile

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited is an industrial shipping company serving the marine transportation markets. The Company serves the shipping markets for grain, forest products, minerals, crude oil, petroleum and refined petroleum products, as well as technological products through its container feeder vessels, and the offshore oil platform supply market through its operations in the three segments of the marine transportation industry. The Company’s segments are River Business, Offshore Supply Business and Ocean Business. The Company’s River Business owns and operates river barges and pushboats that transport dry bulk and liquid cargos through the Hidrovia Region of South America. Its Offshore Supply Business owns and operates vessels that provide logistical and transportation services for offshore petroleum exploration and production companies, in the coastal waters of Brazil and the North Sea. In the Ocean Business, the Company operates ocean-going vessels.

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