Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP) and Crude Carriers (NYSE:CRU) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
26.1% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Tsakos Energy Navigation and Crude Carriers’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Tsakos Energy Navigation||$481.79 million||0.60||$55.78 million||$0.20||17.15|
Tsakos Energy Navigation has higher revenue and earnings than Crude Carriers. Crude Carriers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tsakos Energy Navigation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Tsakos Energy Navigation and Crude Carriers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Tsakos Energy Navigation||5.64%||2.02%||0.88%|
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Tsakos Energy Navigation and Crude Carriers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Tsakos Energy Navigation||0||2||5||0||2.71|
Tsakos Energy Navigation currently has a consensus target price of $5.14, indicating a potential upside of 49.94%.
Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Crude Carriers does not pay a dividend. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Tsakos Energy Navigation beats Crude Carriers on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Tsakos Energy Navigation
Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd is a provider of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services. The Company operates through maritime transportation of liquid energy related products segment. The Company consists of 65 double-hull vessels, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, totaling 7.2 million deadweight. Of these, 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers. Its diversified fleet, which includes VLCC, aframax, panamax, handysize, handymax tankers, LNG carrier and DP2 shuttle tankers, allows it to serve its customers’ international petroleum product and crude oil transportation needs.
About Crude Carriers
Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.
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