Analyzing Euronav (EURN) and Northgate (NGTEF)

Euronav (NYSE: EURN) and Northgate (OTCMKTS:NGTEF) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

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This table compares Euronav and Northgate’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euronav 0.24% -1.16% -0.74%
Northgate N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Euronav and Northgate’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euronav $513.37 million 2.59 $1.24 million $0.01 835.84
Northgate $863.72 million 0.74 N/A N/A N/A

Euronav has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Northgate.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.9% of Euronav shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Euronav pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Northgate does not pay a dividend. Euronav pays out 1,201.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Euronav and Northgate, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euronav 0 2 3 0 2.60
Northgate 0 1 1 0 2.50

Euronav currently has a consensus price target of $9.50, suggesting a potential upside of 13.77%. Given Euronav’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Euronav is more favorable than Northgate.

Volatility & Risk

Euronav has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northgate has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Euronav beats Northgate on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Euronav

Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and manages a fleet of vessels for the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of April 4, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 55 double hulled vessels, including 31 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 19 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 2 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.

About Northgate

Northgate plc provides light commercial vehicle hire services in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Republic of Ireland. It also sells used vehicles; supplies other related goods and services; and offers fleet management services. The company operates a fleet of 53,000 vehicles from 77 locations in the United Kingdom; and a fleet of 40,000 vehicles from 24 locations in Spain. It serves construction and distribution, manufacturing and engineering, and business service industries, as well as local authorities, public utilities, and retailers and wholesalers. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Darlington, the United Kingdom.

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