Navigator (NVGS) versus Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) Head-To-Head Comparison

Navigator (NYSE:NVGS) and Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Navigator has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Scorpio Bulkers has a beta of 3.02, meaning that its share price is 202% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Scorpio Bulkers pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Navigator does not pay a dividend. Scorpio Bulkers pays out -14.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Navigator and Scorpio Bulkers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator 0 1 2 0 2.67
Scorpio Bulkers 0 1 5 0 2.83

Navigator currently has a consensus price target of $14.67, indicating a potential upside of 20.81%. Scorpio Bulkers has a consensus price target of $10.33, indicating a potential upside of 41.36%. Given Scorpio Bulkers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Scorpio Bulkers is more favorable than Navigator.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Navigator and Scorpio Bulkers’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator $298.60 million 2.26 $5.31 million $0.16 75.88
Scorpio Bulkers $162.21 million 3.42 -$59.72 million ($0.57) -12.82

Navigator has higher revenue and earnings than Scorpio Bulkers. Scorpio Bulkers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navigator, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Navigator and Scorpio Bulkers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator -0.72% -0.22% -0.12%
Scorpio Bulkers -8.17% -1.84% -1.06%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.9% of Navigator shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.6% of Scorpio Bulkers shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Navigator beats Scorpio Bulkers on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Navigator

Navigator Holdings Ltd. owns and operates a fleet of liquefied gas carriers worldwide. The company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical gases, and ammonia for energy companies, industrial users, and commodity traders. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 38 vessels. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

About Scorpio Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers Inc., a shipping company, owns and operates dry bulk carriers. Its vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains, and fertilizers along worldwide shipping routes. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned or finance leased 55 vessels comprising 18 Kamsarmax vessels and 37 Ultramax vessels. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. was founded in 2013 and is based in Monaco, Monaco.

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