Analyzing International Seaways (INSW) and Golar LNG Partners (GMLP)

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

Dividends

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Golar LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.1%. International Seaways does not pay a dividend. Golar LNG Partners pays out 122.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk & Volatility

International Seaways has a beta of -0.45, indicating that its stock price is 145% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golar LNG Partners has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for International Seaways and Golar LNG Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Seaways 0 0 2 0 3.00
Golar LNG Partners 0 2 4 0 2.67

International Seaways presently has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 57.52%. Golar LNG Partners has a consensus price target of $23.60, indicating a potential upside of 34.32%. Given International Seaways’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe International Seaways is more favorable than Golar LNG Partners.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares International Seaways and Golar LNG Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
International Seaways $290.10 million 1.85 -$106.08 million ($0.29) -63.48
Golar LNG Partners $433.10 million 2.89 $129.28 million $1.88 9.35

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

Profitability

This table compares International Seaways and Golar LNG Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Seaways -36.57% -0.11% -0.07%
Golar LNG Partners 29.85% 17.19% 5.43%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.4% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.0% of Golar LNG Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Golar LNG Partners beats International Seaways on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

International Seaways Company Profile

International Seaways, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of oceangoing vessels for the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the International Flag trades. It operates through two segments, Crude Tankers and Product Carriers. As of March 8, 2018, the company owned or operated a fleet of 53 vessels, including 1 ultra large crude carrier, 9 very large crude carriers, 2 Suezmaxes, 8 Aframaxes, 12 Panamaxes, and 15 medium range tankers. International Seaways, Inc., through joint venture partnerships, also has ownership interests in 4 liquefied natural gas carriers, and 2 floating storage and offloading service vessels. It serves independent and state-owned oil companies, oil traders, refinery operators, and international government entities. The company was formerly known as OSG International, Inc. and changed its name to International Seaways, Inc. in October 2016. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Golar LNG Partners Company Profile

Golar LNG Partners LP engages in the logistics solutions. Its activities include owning, trading, and operation of floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) and liquefied natural gas ( LNG) marine transportation. The company was founded on September 24, 2007 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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