Financial Review: Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) vs. Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG)

Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ:SBLK) and Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE:OSG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Star Bulk Carriers and Overseas Shipholding Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Bulk Carriers 0 0 6 0 3.00
Overseas Shipholding Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Star Bulk Carriers presently has a consensus price target of $17.17, indicating a potential upside of 99.84%. Given Star Bulk Carriers’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Star Bulk Carriers is more favorable than Overseas Shipholding Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.5% of Star Bulk Carriers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of Overseas Shipholding Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Overseas Shipholding Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers and Overseas Shipholding Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Bulk Carriers $331.98 million 1.75 -$9.77 million ($0.22) -39.05
Overseas Shipholding Group $390.43 million 0.47 $55.97 million N/A N/A

Overseas Shipholding Group has higher revenue and earnings than Star Bulk Carriers.

Volatility and Risk

Star Bulk Carriers has a beta of 2.59, meaning that its stock price is 159% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Overseas Shipholding Group has a beta of -0.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Star Bulk Carriers and Overseas Shipholding Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Bulk Carriers 12.83% 6.91% 3.50%
Overseas Shipholding Group 19.56% 22.51% 8.21%


Overseas Shipholding Group beats Star Bulk Carriers on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Star Bulk Carriers Company Profile

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a shipping company, engages in the ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. Its vessels transport a range of major bulks, including iron ores, coal, and grains, as well as minor bulks, such as bauxite, fertilizers, and steel products. As of October 10, 2018, the company had a fleet of 111 vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 12.67 million deadweight ton (dwt), including 17 Newcastlemax, 20 Capesize, 2 Mini Capesize, 7 Post Panamax, 35 Kamsarmax, 2 Panamax, 16 Ultramax, and 12 Supramax vessels. It also provides vessel management services to dry bulk vessels of various sizes. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

Overseas Shipholding Group Company Profile

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of oceangoing vessels engaged in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the United States. At December 31, 2017, the company owned or operated a fleet of 23 vessels totaling an aggregate of approximately 1 million deadweight tons. It serves independent oil traders, refinery operators, and U.S. and international government entities. Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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