Golden Ocean Group (NASDAQ: GOGL) and Kenon (NYSE:KEN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.9% of Golden Ocean Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of Kenon shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golden Ocean Group and Kenon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golden Ocean Group $460.02 million 2.76 -$2.34 million ($0.02) -440.00
Kenon $366.00 million 2.20 $236.59 million N/A N/A

Kenon has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Golden Ocean Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Golden Ocean Group and Kenon, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golden Ocean Group 0 1 3 0 2.75
Kenon 0 0 0 0 N/A

Golden Ocean Group presently has a consensus target price of $10.25, suggesting a potential upside of 16.48%. Given Golden Ocean Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Golden Ocean Group is more favorable than Kenon.


Golden Ocean Group pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Kenon does not pay a dividend. Golden Ocean Group pays out -2,000.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Golden Ocean Group and Kenon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golden Ocean Group 6.10% 2.24% 1.13%
Kenon N/A 37.05% 9.56%

Risk & Volatility

Golden Ocean Group has a beta of 2.08, suggesting that its share price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kenon has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Golden Ocean Group beats Kenon on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Golden Ocean Group Company Profile

Golden Ocean Group Limited, a shipping company, engages in the transportation of bulk commodities worldwide. It owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk vessels, including Newcastlemax, Capesize, Panamax, and Ultramax vessels in the spot and time charter markets. The company transports bulk commodities, such as ores, coal, grains, and fertilizers. As of March 20, 2018, it owned 68 dry bulk vessels, as well as had 10 chartered-in vessels. The company is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Kenon Company Profile

Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates power generation facilities in Israel. It operates through OPC, Qoros, and Other segments. The company's power generation plants operate on natural gas and diesel. It also designs, manufactures, sells, and services passenger vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of independent authorized retail dealers in China. As of December 31, 2017, the company's Qoros' dealerships included 113 point of sales facilities. In addition, Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its 32% equity interest in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd., owned and chartered vessels with a total container capacity of 385,974 TEUs. Further, it develops and owns a proprietary natural gas-to-liquid technology process. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Singapore.

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