Crude Carriers (NYSE: CRU) and Gener8 Maritime (NYSE:GNRT) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crude Carriers and Gener8 Maritime’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crude Carriers N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) N/A
Gener8 Maritime $404.62 million 0.88 $67.30 million ($1.41) -3.06

Gener8 Maritime has higher revenue and earnings than Crude Carriers. Gener8 Maritime is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crude Carriers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.1% of Gener8 Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.7% of Gener8 Maritime shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Crude Carriers and Gener8 Maritime, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gener8 Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00

Gener8 Maritime has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 132.02%.

Profitability

This table compares Crude Carriers and Gener8 Maritime’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crude Carriers -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%
Gener8 Maritime -34.10% 1.16% 0.56%

Summary

Gener8 Maritime beats Crude Carriers on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crude Carriers

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

About Gener8 Maritime

Gener8 Maritime, Inc. is a provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services. The Company operates through the transportation of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum products with its fleet of vessels segment. As of March 10, 2017, the Company owned a fleet of 40 tankers on the water, consisting of 24 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), 10 Suezmax vessels, four Aframax vessels and two Panamax vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 9.4 million deadweight tons (DWT) and one eco VLCC newbuilding. As of March 10, 2017, approximately 77% of its total fleet carrying capacity based on DWT, including newbuildings, was focused on VLCC vessels. As of March 10, 2017, all of its VLCC vessels were deployed in Navig8 Group’s VL8 Pool, all of its Suezmax vessels were deployed in Navig8 Group’s Suez8 Pool and all of its Aframax vessels were deployed in the Navig8 Group’s V8 Pool.

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