SEACOR Marine (NYSE:SMHI) and Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for SEACOR Marine and Diana Shipping, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
Diana Shipping has a consensus price target of $4.83, indicating a potential upside of 38.10%. Given Diana Shipping’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Diana Shipping is more favorable than SEACOR Marine.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
88.5% of SEACOR Marine shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.5% of Diana Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of SEACOR Marine shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares SEACOR Marine and Diana Shipping’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
SEACOR Marine has higher revenue and earnings than Diana Shipping.
Risk and Volatility
SEACOR Marine has a beta of 1.82, suggesting that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diana Shipping has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares SEACOR Marine and Diana Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
SEACOR Marine beats Diana Shipping on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
SEACOR Marine Company Profile
SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. provides marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production facilities worldwide. It operates a fleet of offshore support and specialty vessels that deliver cargo and personnel to offshore installations; handle anchors and mooring equipment required to tether rigs to the seabed; tow rigs and assist in placing them on location and moving them between regions; construction, well work-over, and decommissioning support; and carry and launch equipment used underwater in drilling and well installation, maintenance, inspection, and repair, as well as accommodations for technicians and specialists, safety support, and emergency response services. The company is headquartered in Houma, Louisiana.
Diana Shipping Company Profile
Diana Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services. The company transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, and grains, as well as steel products, cement, and fertilizers through its ownership of dry bulk vessels worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a fleet of 50 dry bulk carriers, including 22 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.