Paragon Shipping (OTCMKTS: PRGNF) and SEASPAN Corp/SH SH (NYSE:SSW) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.


This table compares Paragon Shipping and SEASPAN Corp/SH SH’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
SEASPAN Corp/SH SH 26.04% 6.35% 1.90%


SEASPAN Corp/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Paragon Shipping does not pay a dividend. SEASPAN Corp/SH SH pays out 75.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. SEASPAN Corp/SH SH has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Paragon Shipping and SEASPAN Corp/SH SH, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paragon Shipping 0 0 0 0 N/A
SEASPAN Corp/SH SH 1 2 4 0 2.43

SEASPAN Corp/SH SH has a consensus price target of $10.53, indicating a potential upside of 24.21%. Given SEASPAN Corp/SH SH’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SEASPAN Corp/SH SH is more favorable than Paragon Shipping.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

12.6% of SEASPAN Corp/SH SH shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Paragon Shipping has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEASPAN Corp/SH SH has a beta of 0.35, suggesting that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Paragon Shipping and SEASPAN Corp/SH SH’s 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
SEASPAN Corp/SH SH $831.32 million 1.26 $175.23 million $0.66 12.85

SEASPAN Corp/SH SH has higher revenue and earnings than Paragon Shipping.


SEASPAN Corp/SH SH beats Paragon Shipping on 11 of the 13 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.

SEASPAN Corp/SH SH Company Profile

Seaspan Corporation operates as an independent charter owner and manager of containerships in Hong Kong. The company charters its containerships under long-term, fixed-rate time charters to various container liner companies. As of February 15, 2018, it operated a fleet of 91 containerships. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Central, Hong Kong.

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