International Shipholding (OTCMKTS: ISHCQ) and Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ:EGLE) are both small-cap services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, valuation and earnings.
Risk and Volatility
International Shipholding has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 2.35, suggesting that its stock price is 135% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
26.3% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
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|
|Eagle Bulk Shipping||-83.12%||-10.11%||-6.06%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares International Shipholding and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Eagle Bulk Shipping||$124.49 million||2.88||-$223.52 million||N/A||N/A|
International Shipholding has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Eagle Bulk Shipping.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for International Shipholding and Eagle Bulk Shipping, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Eagle Bulk Shipping||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Eagle Bulk Shipping has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.97%.
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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