Analyzing StealthGas (GASS) and its Competitors

StealthGas (NASDAQ: GASS) is one of 25 public companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare StealthGas to similar companies based off the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
StealthGas $149.25 million $57.06 million -19.56
StealthGas Competitors $229.09 million $95.31 million -3.14

StealthGas’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than StealthGas. StealthGas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for StealthGas and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StealthGas 0 1 1 0 2.50
StealthGas Competitors 190 601 646 13 2.33

StealthGas currently has a consensus price target of $5.50, indicating a potential upside of 75.72%. All “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 34.53%. Given StealthGas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe StealthGas is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

StealthGas has a beta of 1.73, meaning that its share price is 73% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, StealthGas’ peers have a beta of 2.06, meaning that their average share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StealthGas -4.41% 0.44% 0.25%
StealthGas Competitors -97.00% -16.32% -5.74%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.9% of StealthGas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


StealthGas beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About StealthGas

StealthGas Inc. is a provider of international seaborne transportation services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producers and users, as well as crude oil and product carriers to oil producers, refineries and commodities traders. The Company owns a fleet of LPG carriers. Its LPG carriers carry various petroleum gas products in liquefied form, including propane, butane, butadiene, isopropane, propylene and vinyl chloride monomer, which are all byproducts of the production of crude oil and natural gas. The medium range product carriers in its fleet are capable of carrying refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals, while its Aframax tanker is used for carrying crude oil. Its fleet consists of approximately 50 LPG carriers, including two chartered-in LPG carriers, two 2008-built product carriers, a 2009-built product carrier and a 2010-built Aframax crude oil tanker.

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