Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) and Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Navios Maritime Acquisition, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00
Navios Maritime Acquisition 1 0 0 0 1.00

Pangaea Logistics Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 71.04%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Navios Maritime Acquisition.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 19.4%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.0% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.6% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.1% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $372.97 million 0.38 $7.81 million $0.53 6.07
Navios Maritime Acquisition $187.95 million 0.32 -$86.37 million ($7.58) -0.82

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Navios Maritime Acquisition. Navios Maritime Acquisition is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pangaea Logistics Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 2.71, suggesting that its stock price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 4.76% 10.19% 5.24%
Navios Maritime Acquisition -45.96% -19.05% -5.22%

Summary

Pangaea Logistics Solutions beats Navios Maritime Acquisition on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pangaea Logistics Solutions

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne dry bulk logistics and transportation services to industrial customers worldwide. The company offers various dry bulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite, and limestone. Its ocean logistics services comprise cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning, and technical vessel management. As of March 21, 2018, the company operates a fleet of 55 vessels. Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is based in Newport, Rhode Island.

About Navios Maritime Acquisition

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 company'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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