Euroseas (ESEA) and Marten Transport (MRTN) Financial Contrast

Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA) and Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Dividends

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Marten Transport pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Euroseas does not pay a dividend. Marten Transport pays out 6.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Euroseas has a beta of 1.54, indicating that its stock price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marten Transport has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Euroseas and Marten Transport’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euroseas -14.20% -4.87% -1.55%
Marten Transport 12.93% 7.17% 5.01%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Euroseas and Marten Transport, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euroseas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Marten Transport 0 1 2 0 2.67

Euroseas presently has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.93%. Marten Transport has a consensus price target of $23.33, indicating a potential upside of 1.23%. Given Euroseas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Euroseas is more favorable than Marten Transport.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.9% of Euroseas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.6% of Marten Transport shares are held by institutional investors. 23.0% of Marten Transport shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Euroseas and Marten Transport’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euroseas $42.92 million 0.58 -$6.09 million ($0.72) -3.11
Marten Transport $698.12 million 1.80 $90.28 million $1.64 14.05

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

Summary

Marten Transport beats Euroseas on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Euroseas Company Profile

Euroseas Ltd. is engaged in the shipping business. The Company is an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and is a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes. Eurobulk Ltd. manages the Company’s operations. The Company also owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal and grains, and minor bulks, such as bauxite, phosphate and fertilizers. The Company has a fleet of 12 vessels, including Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, Panamax drybulk carriers and Handymax drybulk carrier, Intermediate containerships, Handysize containerships, and Feeder containerships. The Company‚Äôs five drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 351,272 deadweight tons (dwt), and its seven containerships have a cargo capacity of 11,828 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu).

Marten Transport Company Profile

Marten Transport, Ltd. is a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier. The Company focuses on transporting and distributing food and other consumer-packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. The Company operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal and Brokerage. It operates throughout the United States and in parts of Canada and Mexico. The Company’s medium-to-long-haul traffic lanes are between the Midwest and the West Coast, Southwest, Southeast, and the East Coast, as well as from California to the Pacific Northwest. It provides regional truckload carrier services in the Southeast, West Coast, Midwest, South Central and Northeast regions. It also offers loading and unloading activities, equipment detention and other ancillary services. The Company’s Truckload segment provides a combination of regional short-haul and medium-to-long-haul full-load transportation services.

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