Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA) and CAI International (NYSE:CAI) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.7%. CAI International does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation pays out 69.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation and CAI International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
CAI International 0 2 1 0 2.33

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $1.75, indicating a potential upside of 28.68%. CAI International has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.47%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is more favorable than CAI International.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation and CAI International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation $274.31 million 0.75 $150.37 million $0.29 4.69
CAI International $319.94 million 1.68 $65.10 million $0.68 41.32

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than CAI International. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CAI International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation and CAI International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation 16.30% 7.85% 2.58%
CAI International 4.14% 4.13% 0.93%

Risk and Volatility

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has a beta of 1.49, indicating that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CAI International has a beta of 2.21, indicating that its share price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.5% of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.4% of CAI International shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of CAI International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CAI International beats Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is an international shipping company. The Company owns a fleet of modern crude oil, refined petroleum product and chemical tankers providing marine transportation services around the world. The Company charters its vessels to international oil companies, refiners and vessel operators under long, medium and short-term charters. The Company’s fleet includes approximately 38 double-hulled tanker vessels, aggregating approximately four million deadweight tons (dwt). The fleet includes approximately eight very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers, which transport crude oil, and over eight Long Range 1 (LR1) product tankers; approximately 18 Medium Range 2 (MR2) product tankers, and over four chemical tankers, which transport refined petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals. Its vessels include Nave Constellation, Nave Universe, Nave Polaris, Nave Cosmos, Nave Velocity, Nave Sextans, Nave Pyxis, Nave Luminosity, Nave Jupiter and Nave Pulsar.

CAI International Company Profile

CAI International, Inc. is a transportation finance and logistics company. The Company purchases equipment, primarily intermodal shipping containers and railcars, which it leases to its customers, and also manages equipment for third-party investors. The Company operates through three segments: container leasing, rail leasing and logistics. In operating the Company’s fleet, it leases, re-leases and disposes equipment and contracts for the repair, repositioning and storage of equipment. The Company also provides domestic and international logistics services. The Company leases its container equipment to lessees under long-term leases, short-term leases and finance leases. The Company’s long-term leases have terms of one year or more and specify the number of containers to be leased, the pick-up and drop-off locations.

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