Global Ship Lease (GSL) & Dorian LPG (LPG) Critical Survey

Global Ship Lease (NYSE: GSL) and Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares Global Ship Lease and Dorian LPG’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Ship Lease $158.99 million 0.40 -$74.26 million N/A N/A
Dorian LPG $167.45 million 2.64 -$1.44 million ($0.54) -14.83

Dorian LPG has higher revenue and earnings than Global Ship Lease.

Risk and Volatility

Global Ship Lease has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorian LPG has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Global Ship Lease and Dorian LPG, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Ship Lease 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dorian LPG 0 1 3 0 2.75

Dorian LPG has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.36%. Given Dorian LPG’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dorian LPG is more favorable than Global Ship Lease.

Profitability

This table compares Global Ship Lease and Dorian LPG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Ship Lease -47.19% 8.35% 3.59%
Dorian LPG -8.92% -2.29% -1.29%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.3% of Global Ship Lease shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.5% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Dorian LPG beats Global Ship Lease on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Global Ship Lease

Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and charters containerships of various sizes under long-term, fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of March 1, 2018, the company owned 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 twenty-foot equivalent units. Global Ship Lease, Inc. is based in London, the United Kingdom.

About Dorian LPG

Dorian LPG Ltd. operates as a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping company worldwide. The company engages in the transportation of LPG. It primarily serves energy companies and commodity traders through its fleet of 22 very large gas carriers with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cubic meters. Dorian LPG Ltd. was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

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