Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) and Matson (NYSE:MATX) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.2% of Euronav NV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.2% of Matson shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Matson shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Euronav NV has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Matson has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Euronav NV and Matson’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euronav NV 5.90% 0.49% 0.31%
Matson 4.12% 17.49% 4.09%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Euronav NV and Matson’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euronav NV $691.26 million 2.05 $204.04 million $0.21 42.38
Matson $1.94 billion 0.61 $80.50 million $1.94 14.46

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Euronav NV and Matson, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euronav NV 0 1 2 0 2.67
Matson 1 2 1 0 2.00

Euronav NV currently has a consensus target price of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.12%. Matson has a consensus target price of $25.67, indicating a potential downside of 8.53%. Given Euronav NV’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Euronav NV is more favorable than Matson.

Dividends

Euronav NV pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Matson pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Euronav NV pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Matson pays out 41.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Euronav NV has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Matson is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Matson beats Euronav NV on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Euronav NV

Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and manages a fleet of vessels for the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of April 4, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 55 double hulled vessels, including 31 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 19 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 2 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.

About Matson

Matson, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an ocean cargo carrier. The company operates in two segments, Ocean Transportation and Logistics. The Ocean Transportation segment offers ocean transportation services to the domestic economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, as well as to other island economies in Micronesia and in the South Pacific. This segment also operates an expedited service from China to Long Beach, California; and provides container and conventional freight services between New Zealand and other South Pacific Islands including Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Niue, Vanuatu, Nauru, and the Solomon Islands. It primarily transports dry containers of mixed commodities, refrigerated commodities, packaged foods and beverages, building materials, automobiles, and household goods; general sustenance cargo; and garments, footwear, and other retail merchandise. This segment also offers container stevedoring, container equipment maintenance, and other terminal services on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai, as well as in the Alaska locations of Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor. It operates a fleet of 22 owned and 5 chartered vessels. The Logistics segment provides multimodal transportation services, including domestic and international rail intermodal service; long-haul and regional highway brokerage, specialized hauling, flat-bed and project work, less-than-truckload, and expedited freight; and supply chain management, and warehousing and distribution services. This segment also offers freight forwarding, consolidation, customs brokerage, purchase order management, and non-vessel operating common carrier services. The company was formerly known as Alexander & Baldwin Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Matson, Inc. in June 2012. Matson, Inc. was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Receive News & Ratings for Euronav NV Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Euronav NV and related companies with Analyst Ratings Network's FREE daily email newsletter.