Financial Analysis: Global Ship Lease (GSL) vs. Its Peers

Global Ship Lease (NYSE: GSL) is one of 26 public companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Global Ship Lease to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Global Ship Lease and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Ship Lease $166.52 million -$65.09 million -1.84
Global Ship Lease Competitors $220.64 million -$76.22 million 8.22

Global Ship Lease’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Global Ship Lease. Global Ship Lease is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Global Ship Lease and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Ship Lease 0 0 0 0 N/A
Global Ship Lease Competitors 148 482 595 5 2.37

As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 31.62%. Given Global Ship Lease’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Global Ship Lease has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

Global Ship Lease has a beta of 1.42, suggesting that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Ship Lease’s rivals have a beta of 1.90, suggesting that their average stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Global Ship Lease and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Ship Lease -18.63% 3.08% 1.36%
Global Ship Lease Competitors -85.47% -15.64% -5.47%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.3% of Global Ship Lease shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.4% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Global Ship Lease rivals beat Global Ship Lease on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

Global Ship Lease Company Profile

Global Ship Lease, Inc. is a holding company and containership charter owner. The Company’s activity consists of the ownership and chartering out of containerships. It owns a fleet of containerships with a range of sizes. Its fleet comprises over 20 containerships, with a combined capacity of over 82,310 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) and a weighted average age of over 11.0 years, and a non-weighted average age of over 11.3 years. Its vessels include CMA CGM Matisse, CMA CGM Utrillo, Delmas Keta, Julie Delmas, Kumasi, Marie Delmas, CMA CGM La Tour, CMA CGM Manet, CMA CGM Alcazar, CMA CGM Chateau d’If, CMA CGM Thalassa, CMA CGM Jamaica, CMA CGM Sambhar and CMA CGM America. Approximately 10 vessels are owned by companies incorporated in Cyprus; over four by companies incorporated in Hong Kong, and approximately one is held by another Marshall Islands company. Its subsidiary, Global Ship Lease Services Limited, provides administrative services.

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