International Shipholding (OTCMKTS: ISHCQ) and Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ:EGLE) are both small-cap services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares International Shipholding and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Shipholding -15.98% -47.90% -10.59%
Eagle Bulk Shipping -83.12% -10.11% -6.06%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.5% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for International Shipholding and Eagle Bulk Shipping, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Shipholding 0 0 0 0 N/A
Eagle Bulk Shipping 0 1 1 0 2.50

Eagle Bulk Shipping has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.72%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares International Shipholding and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Shipholding N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Bulk Shipping $124.49 million 2.73 -$223.52 million ($3.36) -1.37

International Shipholding has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Eagle Bulk Shipping.

Volatility and Risk

International Shipholding has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 3.39, meaning that its share price is 239% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Eagle Bulk Shipping beats International Shipholding on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About International Shipholding

International Shipholding Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates a diversified fleet of the United States and international-flagged vessels that provide domestic and international maritime transportation services under medium to long-term time charters or contracts of affreightment. It operates through three segments: Jones Act, which deploys over two bulk carriers, over three integrated tug or barge units, each consisting of one tug and one barge, and one harbor tug acquired; one belt self-unloading coal carrier to transport coal under a time charter, and one vessel that transports molten sulfur under a contract of affreightment; Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs), which deploys over five PCTCs, including over four United States flag vessels and one international-flagged vessel, and Rail-Ferry, which uses its two roll-on or roll-off special purpose double deck vessels that carry rail cars between the United States Gulf Coast and Mexico.

About Eagle Bulk Shipping

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.

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