DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS) and Euronav (NYSE:EURN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.9% of DryShips shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.0% of Euronav shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for DryShips and Euronav, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DryShips 0 0 0 0 N/A
Euronav 0 3 7 0 2.70

Euronav has a consensus price target of $10.34, suggesting a potential upside of 14.93%. Given Euronav’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Euronav is more favorable than DryShips.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares DryShips and Euronav’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DryShips $100.72 million 4.88 -$42.54 million N/A N/A
Euronav $513.37 million 2.79 $1.38 million ($0.09) -100.00

Euronav has higher revenue and earnings than DryShips.

Dividends

DryShips pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Euronav pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Euronav pays out -133.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares DryShips and Euronav’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DryShips 0.39% -2.27% -1.56%
Euronav -14.17% -6.82% -4.21%

Volatility & Risk

DryShips has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euronav has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About DryShips

DryShips Inc. owns and operates ocean going cargo vessels worldwide. It operates through four segments: Drybulk Carrier, Tanker, Gas Carrier, and Offshore Support. The Drybulk Carrier segment offers drybulk commodities transportation services for the steel, electric utility, construction, and agri-food industries. The Tanker segment provides transportation services for crude and refined petroleum cargoes. The Gas Carrier segment offers transportation services for liquefied gas cargoes. The Offshore Support segment provides offshore support services to the global offshore energy industry. As of May 29, 2018, the company operated a fleet of 34 vessels, including 11 Panamax drybulk vessels; 4 Newcastlemax drybulk vessels; 5 Kamsarmax drybulk vessels; 1 very large crude carrier; 2 Aframax tankers; 1 Suezmax tanker; 4 very large gas carriers; and 6 offshore support vessels, comprising 2 platform supply and 4 oil spill recovery vessels. DryShips Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Athens, Greece.

About Euronav

Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, engages in transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of March 19, 2018, it owned and operated a fleet of 53 vessels, including 28 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 22 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 4 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.

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