Paragon Shipping (OTCMKTS: PRGNF) and Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Paragon Shipping and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paragon Shipping $1.98 million 0.00 $23.78 million N/A N/A
Navios Maritime Acquisition $227.29 million 0.42 -$78.89 million ($0.12) -5.29

Paragon Shipping has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Navios Maritime Acquisition.

Risk and Volatility

Paragon Shipping has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Paragon Shipping and Navios Maritime Acquisition, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paragon Shipping 0 0 0 0 N/A
Navios Maritime Acquisition 1 1 1 0 2.00

Navios Maritime Acquisition has a consensus target price of $1.63, indicating a potential upside of 155.87%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition is more favorable than Paragon Shipping.


Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.6%. Paragon Shipping does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.1% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Paragon Shipping and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paragon Shipping N/A N/A N/A
Navios Maritime Acquisition -52.11% -9.11% -2.71%


Navios Maritime Acquisition beats Paragon Shipping on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Paragon Shipping Company Profile

Paragon Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services worldwide. It engages in the ocean transportation of drybulk cargoes, including commodities, such as iron ore, coal, grain, and other materials. Paragon Shipping Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Voula, Greece.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation provides marine transportation services worldwide. The company owns a fleet of crude oil, refined petroleum product, and chemical tankers. It charters its vessels to oil companies, refiners, and large vessel operators under long, medium, and short term charters. As of April 2, 2018, the compnay's fleet consisted of a total of 35 double-hulled tanker vessels aggregating approximately 3.6 million deadweight tons, which included 7 very large crude carrier tankers, 8 Long Range 1 product tankers, 18 Medium Range 2 product tankers, and 2 chemical tankers. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation was founded in 2008 and is based in Monaco.

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