Head-To-Head Survey: Seacor (CKH) vs. Diana Shipping (DSX)

Seacor (NYSE:CKH) and Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Seacor and Diana Shipping’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seacor $577.89 million 1.56 $61.64 million $1.29 38.28
Diana Shipping $161.90 million 2.33 -$511.71 million ($0.79) -4.51

Seacor has higher revenue and earnings than Diana Shipping. Diana Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Seacor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Seacor and Diana Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seacor 0 1 0 0 2.00
Diana Shipping 0 3 1 0 2.25

Seacor presently has a consensus target price of $54.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.36%. Diana Shipping has a consensus target price of $4.75, suggesting a potential upside of 33.43%. Given Diana Shipping’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Diana Shipping is more favorable than Seacor.

Risk & Volatility

Seacor has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diana Shipping has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

91.6% of Seacor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.7% of Diana Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.5% of Seacor shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Seacor and Diana Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seacor 16.80% 3.88% 1.89%
Diana Shipping -237.60% -4.71% -2.56%

Summary

Seacor beats Diana Shipping on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Seacor Company Profile

SEACOR Holdings Inc., a diversified holding company, engages in transportation, and logistics and risk management consultancy businesses in the United States and internationally. The company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment owns and operates a diversified fleet of marine transportation, and towing and bunkering assets. This segment also operates carriers for the United States coastwise trade of crude oil, petroleum, and chemical products; and owns and operates dry bulk carriers. In addition, the company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment provides terminal support and technical ship management services, as well as pure car/truck carrier, liner, and short-sea transportation services. Its Inland Transportation & Logistics Services segment markets and operates river transportation equipment for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and containers, and petroleum products; owns and operates multi-modal terminal facilities; and operates barge fleeting locations and transshipment terminal. The company's Witt O'Brien's segment provides resilience solutions for areas of critical infrastructure. The company also engages in lending and leasing activities; and agricultural commodity trading and logistics business; and provision of general aviation services. SEACOR Holdings Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Diana Shipping Company Profile

Diana Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services. The company transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, and grains, as well as steel products, cement, and fertilizers through its ownership of dry bulk vessels worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a fleet of 50 dry bulk carriers, including 22 Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax, 5 Post-Panamax, 14 Capesize, and 4 Newcastlemax vessels. The company was formerly known as Diana Shipping Investments Corp. and changed its name to Diana Shipping Inc. in February 2005. Diana Shipping Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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