Contrasting StealthGas (GASS) and Diana Containerships (DCIX)

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares StealthGas and Diana Containerships’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
StealthGas $144.13 million 1.10 -$7.79 million ($0.16) -24.75
Diana Containerships $33.19 million 0.87 -$149.01 million $4,487.38 0.00

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

Risk & Volatility

StealthGas has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Diana Containerships has a beta of 3.17, indicating that its stock price is 217% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.7% of StealthGas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.5% of Diana Containerships shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for StealthGas and Diana Containerships, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StealthGas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Diana Containerships 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares StealthGas and Diana Containerships’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StealthGas -4.14% 1.06% 0.61%
Diana Containerships 55.69% -26.32% -11.21%

Summary

StealthGas beats Diana Containerships on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

StealthGas Company Profile

StealthGas Inc. is a provider of international seaborne transportation services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producers and users, as well as crude oil and product carriers to oil producers, refineries and commodities traders. The Company owns a fleet of LPG carriers. Its LPG carriers carry various petroleum gas products in liquefied form, including propane, butane, butadiene, isopropane, propylene and vinyl chloride monomer, which are all byproducts of the production of crude oil and natural gas. The medium range product carriers in its fleet are capable of carrying refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals, while its Aframax tanker is used for carrying crude oil. Its fleet consists of approximately 50 LPG carriers, including two chartered-in LPG carriers, two 2008-built product carriers, a 2009-built product carrier and a 2010-built Aframax crude oil tanker.

Diana Containerships Company Profile

Diana Containerships Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership of containerships. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of six panamax and six post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 61,517 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included SAGITTA, CENTAURUS, NEW JERSEY, PAMINA, DOMINGO, DOUKATO, PUELO, PUCON, MARCH, GREAT and HAMBURG. The Company’s customers include national, regional and international companies. The Company charters its vessels to customers primarily pursuant to short-term and long-term time charters. As of December 31, 2016, its subsidiaries included Likiep Shipping Company Inc., Orangina Inc., Rongerik Shipping Company Inc., Dud Shipping Company Inc., Mago Shipping Company Inc., Eluk Shipping Company Inc., Oruk Shipping Company Inc., Meck Shipping Company Inc., Langor Shipping Company Inc. and Unitized Ocean Transport Limited.

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