Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE: NNA) and Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ:SHIP) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.7%. Seanergy Maritime does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -64.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and Seanergy Maritime’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Acquisition $290.24 million 0.55 $62.87 million ($0.31) -3.45
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.16 -$24.62 million ($0.39) -2.79

Navios Maritime Acquisition has higher revenue and earnings than Seanergy Maritime. Navios Maritime Acquisition is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Seanergy Maritime, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

19.1% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Seanergy Maritime 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.

Risk and Volatility

Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Navios Maritime Acquisition and Seanergy Maritime, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Acquisition 0 1 1 0 2.50
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00

Navios Maritime Acquisition presently has a consensus target price of $1.63, indicating a potential upside of 51.87%. Seanergy Maritime has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 175.23%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than Navios Maritime Acquisition.

Profitability

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and Seanergy Maritime’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Acquisition -19.94% 2.08% 0.67%
Seanergy Maritime -16.30% -32.51% -3.76%

Summary

Navios Maritime Acquisition beats Seanergy Maritime on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is an international shipping company. The Company owns a fleet of modern crude oil, refined petroleum product and chemical tankers providing marine transportation services around the world. The Company charters its vessels to international oil companies, refiners and vessel operators under long, medium and short-term charters. The Company’s fleet includes approximately 38 double-hulled tanker vessels, aggregating approximately four million deadweight tons (dwt). The fleet includes approximately eight very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers, which transport crude oil, and over eight Long Range 1 (LR1) product tankers; approximately 18 Medium Range 2 (MR2) product tankers, and over four chemical tankers, which transport refined petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals. Its vessels include Nave Constellation, Nave Universe, Nave Polaris, Nave Cosmos, Nave Velocity, Nave Sextans, Nave Pyxis, Nave Luminosity, Nave Jupiter and Nave Pulsar.

Seanergy Maritime Company Profile

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company provides marine dry bulk transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. It owns a modern fleet of eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 deadweight tonnages (dwt) and an average fleet age of about 8.1 years. Its fleet comprises vessels, including Leadership, Gloriuship, Geniuship, Premiership, Squireship, Championship, Gladiatorship and Guardianship. The Company’s subsidiaries, which are all, owned by it either directly or indirectly, conduct all of its operations and own all of its operating assets. The Company manages its vessel’s operations, insurances and bunkering, and has the general supervision of its third-party technical and commercial managers. V.Ships Limited, which is an independent third party, provides technical management for its vessels.

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