Financial Review: Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA) & Hermitage Offshore Services (NASDAQ:PSV)

Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA) and Hermitage Offshore Services (NYSE:PSV) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Euroseas has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hermitage Offshore Services has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of Euroseas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.8% of Hermitage Offshore Services 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 Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Euroseas and Hermitage Offshore Services, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euroseas 0 0 2 0 3.00
Hermitage Offshore Services 0 0 0 0 N/A

Euroseas currently has a consensus price target of $1.15, suggesting a potential upside of 71.64%. Given Euroseas’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Euroseas is more favorable than Hermitage Offshore Services.

Profitability

This table compares Euroseas and Hermitage Offshore Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euroseas -2.34% -76.01% -3.56%
Hermitage Offshore Services -658.25% -30.29% -12.09%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Euroseas and Hermitage Offshore Services’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euroseas $36.27 million 0.23 -$110,000.00 ($0.29) -2.31
Hermitage Offshore Services $18.44 million 1.05 -$197.29 million N/A N/A

Euroseas has higher revenue and earnings than Hermitage Offshore Services.

Summary

Euroseas beats Hermitage Offshore Services on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Euroseas

Euroseas Ltd. provides ocean-going transportation services worldwide. The company owns and operates containerships that transport dry and refrigerated containerized cargoes, including manufactured products and perishables; and drybulk carriers that transport iron ore, coal, grains, bauxite, phosphate, and fertilizers. As of April 25, 2018, it had a fleet of 11 containerships; and 6 drybulk carriers, including 3 Panamax drybulk carriers, 1 Handymax drybulk carrier, 1 Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, and 1 Ultramax drybulk carrier. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

About Hermitage Offshore Services

Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. operates as an offshore support vessel company. As of June 6, 2019, it had a fleet of 23 vessels, including 10 platform supply vessels, 2 anchor handling tug supply vessels, and 11 crew boats. The company's vessels primarily operate in the North Sea or the West Coast of Africa. The company was formerly known as Nordic American Offshore Ltd. and changed its name to Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. in June 2019. Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. was founded in 2013 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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