Box Ships (NYSE: TEU) and Nordic American Offshore (NYSE:NAO) are both services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Box Ships and Nordic American Offshore’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Box Ships N/A N/A N/A ($46.69) 0.00
Nordic American Offshore $16.25 million 4.78 -$32.15 million ($1.26) -1.02

Box Ships has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Nordic American Offshore. Nordic American Offshore is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Box Ships, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Box Ships and Nordic American Offshore, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box Ships 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nordic American Offshore 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

Box Ships has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nordic American Offshore has a beta of -0.15, suggesting that its stock price is 115% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Box Ships and Nordic American Offshore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Box Ships -241.38% -40.91% -26.54%
Nordic American Offshore -249.97% -13.23% -8.54%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.2% of Nordic American Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Nordic American Offshore pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. Box Ships does not pay a dividend. Nordic American Offshore pays out -6.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Nordic American Offshore beats Box Ships on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Box Ships Company Profile

Box Ships Inc. is an international shipping company. The Company is engaged in the seaborne transportation of containers across the world. The Company is focused on pursuing opportunities in the container shipping industry. The Company’s fleet comprises approximately nine containerships with a 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) weighted average age of over 11.3 years and a total capacity of approximately 43,920 TEU. The Company operates through various vessel-owning subsidiaries incorporated in the Republic of Liberia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Hong Kong. The Company outsources the technical and commercial management of its vessels to Allseas Marine S.A. (Allseas). Allseas provides the management services for all of the vessels in its fleet. The vessels in its fleet include Maule, Box Hong Kong, Box China, Box Emma, CMA CGM Kingfish, Box Marlin, Box Voyager, Box Trader and Box Queen. Its operations are primarily conducted outside the United States.

Nordic American Offshore Company Profile

Nordic American Offshore Limited (NAO) operates platform supply vessels (PSV). The Company owns approximately eight vessels. The Company operates in the offshore support vessel market segment. The Company has approximately two vessels under construction. The Company’s vessels operate in the North Sea in both the term and spot market. The Company’s vessels include NAO Fighter, NAO Prosper, NAO Power, NAO Thunder, NAO Guardian, NAO Protector, NAO Storm and NAO Viking. Each of the Company’s vessels has a capacity of approximately 4,200 deadweight tonnage (DWT) and a cargo deck area of approximately 850 square meters. The Company’s vessels under construction include NAO Galaxy and NAO Horizon. Remoy Shipping AS and V. Ships Limited provide technical management for the Company’s vessels.

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