Comparing Euroseas (ESEA) and Euronav (EURN)

Euroseas (NYSE: EURN) and Euronav (NYSE:EURN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Euroseas and Euronav, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euroseas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Euronav 0 3 5 0 2.63

Euroseas presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 82.93%. Euronav has a consensus price target of $9.96, suggesting a potential upside of 27.67%. Given Euroseas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Euroseas is more favorable than Euronav.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.5% of Euroseas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.8% of Euronav shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Euroseas and Euronav’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euroseas -6.44% -3.37% -0.97%
Euronav -14.17% -7.30% -4.72%

Risk & Volatility

Euroseas has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euronav has a beta of 0.53, indicating that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Euronav pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Euroseas does not pay a dividend. Euronav pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Euroseas and Euronav’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euroseas $42.92 million 0.43 -$6.09 million N/A N/A
Euronav $513.37 million 2.42 $1.38 million ($0.09) -86.67

Euronav has higher revenue and earnings than Euroseas.

Summary

Euronav beats Euroseas on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Euroseas Company Profile

Euroseas Ltd. provides ocean-going transportation services worldwide. The company owns and operates containerships that transport dry and refrigerated containerized cargoes, including manufactured products and perishables; and drybulk carriers that transport iron ore, coal, grains, bauxite, phosphate, and fertilizers. As of April 25, 2018, it had a fleet of 11 containerships; and 6 drybulk carriers, including 3 Panamax drybulk carriers, 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 1 Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, and 1 Ultramax drybulk carrier. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

Euronav Company Profile

Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, engages in transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of March 19, 2018, it owned and operated a fleet of 53 vessels, including 28 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 22 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 4 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.

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