Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Star Bulk Carriers Corp. to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has a beta of 2.8, meaning that its share price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 1.76, meaning that their average share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. $222.11 million -$154.22 million -5.38
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors $220.64 million -$76.22 million 7.45

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.9% of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. -36.90% -5.54% -2.83%
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors -84.73% -15.18% -5.29%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. 0 1 6 0 2.86
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors 146 479 592 5 2.37

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. currently has a consensus target price of $13.20, indicating a potential upside of 31.21%. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 32.84%. Given Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. beats its competitors on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Company Profile

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included 73 vessels consisting primarily of Newcastlemax and Capesize, as well as Kamsarmax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with a carrying capacity between 52,055 and 209,537 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company’s vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains and fertilizers, along shipping routes across the world. The Company’s fleet, which emphasizes Capesize vessels, primarily transports minerals from the Americas and Australia to East Asia, particularly China, as well as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Company’s Supramax vessels carry minerals, grain products and steel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Indonesia, and from these areas to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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