Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (OTCMKTS:ULTRF) & Star Bulk Carriers (OTCMKTS:SBLK) Financial Review

Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ:SBLK) and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (OTCMKTS:ULTRF) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.7% of Star Bulk Carriers shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Star Bulk Carriers and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Bulk Carriers 0 1 2 0 2.67
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Star Bulk Carriers currently has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 43.54%. Given Star Bulk Carriers’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Star Bulk Carriers is more favorable than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).

Risk and Volatility

Star Bulk Carriers has a beta of 1.67, indicating that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas)’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Bulk Carriers $651.56 million 1.48 $58.40 million $1.11 9.41
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Star Bulk Carriers has higher revenue and earnings than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).


This table compares Star Bulk Carriers and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Bulk Carriers -0.99% 2.09% 1.05%
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A


Star Bulk Carriers beats Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Star Bulk Carriers

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a shipping company, engages in the ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. Its vessels transport a range of major bulks, including iron ores, coal, and grains, as well as minor bulks, such as bauxite, fertilizers, and steel products. As of April 10, 2019, the company had a fleet of 109 vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 12.45 million deadweight ton, including 17 Newcastlemax, 19 Capesize, 2 Mini Capesize, 7 Post Panamax, 35 Kamsarmax, 2 Panamax, 17 Ultramax, and 10 Supramax vessels. It also provides vessel management services to dry bulk vessels of various sizes. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

About Ultrapetrol (Bahamas)

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Europe, Central America, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. The River Business segment owns and operates dry and tanker barges, and push boats in the Hidrovia region of South America. Its dry barges transport agricultural and forestry products, iron ore, and other cargoes; and tanker barges carry petroleum products, vegetable oils, and other liquids. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had 681 barges with approximately 1.3 million dwt capacity; and 34 push boats. The Offshore Supply Business segment owns and operates vessels that provide logistical and transportation services for offshore petroleum exploration and production companies. It transports supplies, such as containerized equipment, drill casings, pipes, and heavy loads; fuel, water, drilling fluids, and bulk cement; and various other supplies to drilling rigs and platforms. This segment's fleet consisted of 13 platform supply vessels and 1 remotely operated vehicle. The Ocean Business segment owns and operates oceangoing vessels, which transports petroleum products, as well as a container line service in the Argentine cabotage trade. The company serves petroleum, agricultural, and mining companies. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Nassau, the Bahamas. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited is a subsidiary of Sparrow Capital Investments Ltd.

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