Comparing Scorpio Tankers (STNG) and Its Competitors

Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) is one of 144 public companies in the “TRANSPORTATION” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Scorpio Tankers to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

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Scorpio Tankers pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Scorpio Tankers pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out -1,027.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Scorpio Tankers lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Scorpio Tankers has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Scorpio Tankers’ peers have a beta of 1.19, meaning that their average stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scorpio Tankers -30.86% -6.73% -2.57%
Scorpio Tankers Competitors 0.92% 6.89% 3.18%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Scorpio Tankers $512.73 million -$158.24 million -2.88
Scorpio Tankers Competitors $3.25 billion $308.64 million 19.62

Scorpio Tankers’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Scorpio Tankers. Scorpio Tankers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Scorpio Tankers and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scorpio Tankers 0 0 7 0 3.00
Scorpio Tankers Competitors 1085 3978 4805 199 2.41

Scorpio Tankers presently has a consensus target price of $5.43, suggesting a potential upside of 147.88%. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies have a potential upside of 7.52%. Given Scorpio Tankers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Scorpio Tankers is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.8% of Scorpio Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.9% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.2% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Scorpio Tankers peers beat Scorpio Tankers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. (Scorpio Tankers) is engaged in the seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products in the international shipping markets. The Company operates through four segments: Handymax, MR, LR1/Panamax and LR2. As of March 15, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 78 owned tankers (22 LR2, 14 Handymax and 42 MR) with a weighted average age of approximately 2.3 years, and 19 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers, which it operated (one LR2, one LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax) (collectively referred to as its Operating Fleet). As of March 1, 2017, the Company’s total oil tanker fleet (crude, products and product/chemical tankers) consisted of 4,754 ships with a combined capacity of 525.9 million deadweight tonnage. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had contracts for the construction of one LR2 tanker and eight MR tankers. Its vessels include STI Brixton, STI Comandante, STI Finchley, STI Hammersmith, STI Larvotto, STI San Antonio and STI Regina.

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