Comparing Navigator (NVGS) & Diana Shipping (DSX)

Navigator (NYSE:NVGS) and Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Navigator and Diana Shipping’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator $310.05 million 1.93 -$5.74 million ($0.05) -215.00
Diana Shipping $226.19 million 1.41 $16.58 million $0.10 30.00



Diana Shipping has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Navigator. Navigator is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Diana Shipping, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Navigator and Diana Shipping, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator 0 1 2 0 2.67
Diana Shipping 0 2 0 0 2.00

Navigator presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 39.53%. Diana Shipping has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.33%. Given Navigator’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Navigator is more favorable than Diana Shipping.

Risk & Volatility

Navigator has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diana Shipping has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Navigator and Diana Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator -1.85% -0.30% -0.16%
Diana Shipping 9.57% 4.34% 2.23%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.5% of Navigator shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.4% of Diana Shipping shares are owned 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.

Summary

Navigator beats Diana Shipping on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Navigator Company Profile

Navigator Holdings Ltd. owns and operates a fleet of liquefied gas carriers worldwide. The company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical gases, and ammonia for energy companies, industrial users, and commodity traders. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 38 vessels. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

Diana Shipping Company Profile

Diana Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services. The company transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including commodities, such as iron ore, coal, grain, and other materials in shipping routes through its ownership of dry bulk vessels worldwide. As of December 31, 2018, it operated a fleet of 48 dry bulk carriers comprising 20 Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax, 5 Post-Panamax, 14 Capesize, and 4 Newcastlemax vessels. The company was formerly known as Diana Shipping Investments Corp. and changed its name to Diana Shipping Inc. in February 2005. Diana Shipping Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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