Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) and TOP SHIPS (NASDAQ:TOPS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.
This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and TOP SHIPS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Navios Maritime Acquisition||-23.53%||-14.23%||-3.38%|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Navios Maritime Acquisition and TOP SHIPS, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Navios Maritime Acquisition||0||1||0||0||2.00|
TOP SHIPS has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 87.50%. Given TOP SHIPS’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TOP SHIPS is more favorable than Navios Maritime Acquisition.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and TOP SHIPS’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Navios Maritime Acquisition||$187.95 million||0.51||-$86.37 million||($7.58)||-0.96|
|TOP SHIPS||$41.05 million||0.16||-$11.13 million||N/A||N/A|
TOP SHIPS has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Navios Maritime Acquisition.
Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 16.6%. TOP SHIPS does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -15.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
6.2% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.1% of TOP SHIPS shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility and Risk
Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 2.4, meaning that its stock price is 140% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TOP SHIPS has a beta of -0.3, meaning that its stock price is 130% less volatile than the S&P 500.
TOP SHIPS beats Navios Maritime Acquisition on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
About TOP SHIPS
Top Ships Inc. owns and operates tanker vessels worldwide. The company's medium range tanker vessels transport crude oil, petroleum products, and bulk liquid chemicals. As of December 31, 2018, it had a fleet of two bareboat chartered-in 50,000 deadweight ton (dwt) product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Stenaweco Energy and the M/T Stenaweco Evolution; two 39,000 dwt product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Eco Fleet and the M/T Eco Revolution; six 50,000 dwt product/chemical tankers, the M/T Stenaweco Excellence, M/T Nord Valiant, M/T Stenaweco Elegance, the M/T Eco Palm Desert, the M/T Eco California, and the M/T Eco Marina Del Ray; two 50,000 dwt product/chemical tankers, the M/T Eco Holmby Hills and the M/T Palm Springs; and a 157,000 dwt Suezmax vessel M/T Eco Bel Air. The company was formerly known as Top Tankers Inc. and changed its name to Top Ships Inc. in December 2007. Top Ships Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.
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