Navigator (NVGS) versus Its Rivals Head to Head Review

Navigator (NYSE: NVGS) is one of 44 public companies in the “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Navigator to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

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This table compares Navigator and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator 1.78% 0.84% 0.44%
Navigator Competitors -19.96% -4.22% -1.10%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.5% of Navigator shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.8% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 23.8% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Navigator and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator $298.60 million $5.31 million 70.63
Navigator Competitors $321.06 million -$35.04 million -7.07

Navigator’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Navigator. Navigator is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Navigator has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navigator’s peers have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Navigator and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator 0 1 3 0 2.75
Navigator Competitors 337 887 1012 10 2.31

Navigator currently has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.74%. As a group, “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies have a potential upside of 33.34%. Given Navigator’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Navigator has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Navigator beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Navigator

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.

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