Financial Contrast: International Shipholding (ISHCQ) and Nordic American Offshore (NAO)

International Shipholding (OTCMKTS: ISHCQ) and Nordic American Offshore (NYSE:NAO) are both small-cap services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares International Shipholding and Nordic American Offshore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Shipholding -15.98% -47.90% -10.59%
Nordic American Offshore -199.40% -11.94% -7.73%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for International Shipholding and Nordic American Offshore, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Shipholding 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nordic American Offshore 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

International Shipholding has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nordic American Offshore has a beta of -0.14, suggesting that its share price is 114% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.9% of Nordic American Offshore shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares International Shipholding and Nordic American Offshore’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Shipholding N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nordic American Offshore $16.25 million 4.54 -$32.15 million N/A N/A

International Shipholding has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Nordic American Offshore.


Nordic American Offshore pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. International Shipholding does not pay a dividend.


Nordic American Offshore beats International Shipholding on 5 of the 7 factors compared between the two stocks.

International Shipholding Company Profile

International Shipholding Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates a diversified fleet of the United States and international-flagged vessels that provide domestic and international maritime transportation services under medium to long-term time charters or contracts of affreightment. It operates through three segments: Jones Act, which deploys over two bulk carriers, over three integrated tug or barge units, each consisting of one tug and one barge, and one harbor tug acquired; one belt self-unloading coal carrier to transport coal under a time charter, and one vessel that transports molten sulfur under a contract of affreightment; Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs), which deploys over five PCTCs, including over four United States flag vessels and one international-flagged vessel, and Rail-Ferry, which uses its two roll-on or roll-off special purpose double deck vessels that carry rail cars between the United States Gulf Coast and Mexico.

Nordic American Offshore Company Profile

Nordic American Offshore Limited (NAO) operates platform supply vessels (PSV). The Company owns approximately eight vessels. The Company operates in the offshore support vessel market segment. The Company has approximately two vessels under construction. The Company’s vessels operate in the North Sea in both the term and spot market. The Company’s vessels include NAO Fighter, NAO Prosper, NAO Power, NAO Thunder, NAO Guardian, NAO Protector, NAO Storm and NAO Viking. Each of the Company’s vessels has a capacity of approximately 4,200 deadweight tonnage (DWT) and a cargo deck area of approximately 850 square meters. The Company’s vessels under construction include NAO Galaxy and NAO Horizon. Remoy Shipping AS and V. Ships Limited provide technical management for the Company’s vessels.

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