Reviewing Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) and The Competition

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Star Bulk Carriers Corp. to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. -36.90% -5.54% -2.83%
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors -68.09% -16.02% -5.58%

Volatility & Risk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has a beta of 2.81, suggesting that its share price is 181% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 1.88, suggesting that their average share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. 0 1 6 0 2.86
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors 149 485 599 5 2.37

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. presently has a consensus price target of $13.20, suggesting a potential upside of 41.18%. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 32.64%. Given Star Bulk Carriers Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.2% of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. $222.11 million -$154.22 million -5.03
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Competitors $220.64 million -$76.22 million 9.33

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. beats its competitors on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Company Profile

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included 73 vessels consisting primarily of Newcastlemax and Capesize, as well as Kamsarmax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with a carrying capacity between 52,055 and 209,537 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company’s vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains and fertilizers, along shipping routes across the world. The Company’s fleet, which emphasizes Capesize vessels, primarily transports minerals from the Americas and Australia to East Asia, particularly China, as well as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Company’s Supramax vessels carry minerals, grain products and steel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Indonesia, and from these areas to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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