Head to Head Contrast: CAI International (CAI) vs. Seanergy Maritime (SHIP)

CAI International (NYSE: CAI) and Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ:SHIP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.1% of CAI International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Seanergy Maritime shares are held by institutional investors. 24.5% of CAI International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares CAI International and Seanergy Maritime’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAI International 10.93% 7.11% 1.57%
Seanergy Maritime -16.30% -32.51% -3.76%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CAI International and Seanergy Maritime, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAI International 0 2 3 0 2.60
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00

CAI International currently has a consensus target price of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.12%. Seanergy Maritime has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 188.46%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than CAI International.

Risk and Volatility

CAI International has a beta of 2.26, suggesting that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its share price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CAI International and Seanergy Maritime’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAI International $294.35 million 1.85 $5.99 million $1.86 15.23
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.11 -$24.62 million ($0.47) -2.21

CAI International has higher revenue and earnings than Seanergy Maritime. Seanergy Maritime is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CAI International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CAI International beats Seanergy Maritime on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CAI International

CAI International, Inc. is a transportation finance and logistics company. The Company purchases equipment, primarily intermodal shipping containers and railcars, which it leases to its customers, and also manages equipment for third-party investors. The Company operates through three segments: container leasing, rail leasing and logistics. In operating the Company’s fleet, it leases, re-leases and disposes equipment and contracts for the repair, repositioning and storage of equipment. The Company also provides domestic and international logistics services. The Company leases its container equipment to lessees under long-term leases, short-term leases and finance leases. The Company’s long-term leases have terms of one year or more and specify the number of containers to be leased, the pick-up and drop-off locations.

About Seanergy Maritime

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company provides marine dry bulk transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. It owns a modern fleet of eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 deadweight tonnages (dwt) and an average fleet age of about 8.1 years. Its fleet comprises vessels, including Leadership, Gloriuship, Geniuship, Premiership, Squireship, Championship, Gladiatorship and Guardianship. The Company’s subsidiaries, which are all, owned by it either directly or indirectly, conduct all of its operations and own all of its operating assets. The Company manages its vessel’s operations, insurances and bunkering, and has the general supervision of its third-party technical and commercial managers. V.Ships Limited, which is an independent third party, provides technical management for its vessels.

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