Comparing Nordic American Offshore (NAO) and StealthGas (GASS)

Nordic American Offshore (NASDAQ: GASS) and StealthGas (NASDAQ:GASS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nordic American Offshore and StealthGas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nordic American Offshore $16.08 million 3.86 -$29.32 million N/A N/A
StealthGas $154.31 million 0.95 -$1.21 million $0.14 26.21

StealthGas has higher revenue and earnings than Nordic American Offshore.

Dividends

Nordic American Offshore pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. StealthGas does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

16.0% of Nordic American Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of StealthGas shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nordic American Offshore -211.28% -13.89% -8.82%
StealthGas -4.80% 0.60% 0.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Nordic American Offshore and StealthGas, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nordic American Offshore 0 0 0 0 N/A
StealthGas 0 0 1 0 3.00

StealthGas has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 90.74%. Given StealthGas’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe StealthGas is more favorable than Nordic American Offshore.

Risk & Volatility

Nordic American Offshore has a beta of -0.05, meaning that its share price is 105% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, StealthGas has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

StealthGas beats Nordic American Offshore on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nordic American Offshore Company Profile

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. owns and operates platform supply vessels (PSVs). As of December 31, 2017, it had a fleet of 10 PSVs. The company operates its vessels in the United Kingdom and in the Norwegian sectors of the North Sea. Nordic American Offshore Ltd. was founded in 2013 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

StealthGas Company Profile

StealthGas Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne transportation services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producers and users worldwide. It also provides crude oil and product carriers chartered to oil producers, refiners, and commodities traders. The company's carriers carry various petroleum gas products in liquefied form, including propane, butane, butadiene, isopropane, propylene, and vinyl chloride monomer; and refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals. As of April 17, 2018, it had a fleet of 56 vessels comprising 52 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 329,149 cubic meters; 3 medium range product tankers; and 1 Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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