Contrasting Navios Maritime Acquisition (NNA) and Genco Shipping & Trading (GNK)

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Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) and Genco Shipping & Trading (NYSE:GNK) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.6% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Genco Shipping & Trading shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Genco Shipping & Trading shares are owned by company insiders. 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 current ratings for Navios Maritime Acquisition and Genco Shipping & Trading, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Acquisition 1 0 1 0 2.00
Genco Shipping & Trading 1 1 6 0 2.63

Navios Maritime Acquisition currently has a consensus price target of $2.00, indicating a potential upside of 344.44%. Genco Shipping & Trading has a consensus price target of $18.79, indicating a potential upside of 45.51%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition is more favorable than Genco Shipping & Trading.

Dividends

Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 17.8%. Genco Shipping & Trading does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genco Shipping & Trading has a beta of -0.07, suggesting that its share price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and Genco Shipping & Trading’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Acquisition $227.29 million 0.30 -$78.89 million ($0.12) -3.75
Genco Shipping & Trading $209.70 million 2.56 -$58.72 million ($1.29) -10.01

Genco Shipping & Trading has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Navios Maritime Acquisition. Genco Shipping & Trading is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navios Maritime Acquisition, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and Genco Shipping & Trading’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Acquisition -34.66% -13.45% -3.89%
Genco Shipping & Trading -29.58% -0.59% -0.39%

Summary

Genco Shipping & Trading beats Navios Maritime Acquisition on 9 of the 16 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 compnay'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 Genco Shipping & Trading

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. The company, through the ownership and operation of dry bulk carrier vessels, transports iron ores, coal, grains, steel products, and other dry-bulk cargoes. The company charters its vessels primarily to trading houses, such as commodities traders; producers; and government-owned entities. As of August 15, 2018, it had fleet of 15 Capesize, 5 Panamax, 5 Ultramax, 21 Supramax, 1 Handymax, and 15 Handysize drybulk carriers with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 5,039,000 deadweight tons. Genco Shipping & Trading Limited was founded in 2004 and is based in New York, New York.

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