Head to Head Contrast: Eagle Bulk Shipping (EGLE) & The Competition

Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ: EGLE) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Eagle Bulk Shipping to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Eagle Bulk Shipping and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Bulk Shipping 0 1 2 0 2.67
Eagle Bulk Shipping Competitors 339 889 1018 11 2.31

Eagle Bulk Shipping presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.85%. As a group, “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies have a potential upside of 35.42%. Given Eagle Bulk Shipping’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Eagle Bulk Shipping has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.0% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.8% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.8% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 2.26, meaning that its share price is 126% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eagle Bulk Shipping’s rivals have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Bulk Shipping -18.50% -6.04% -3.60%
Eagle Bulk Shipping Competitors -19.45% -4.21% -1.09%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Bulk Shipping $236.79 million -$43.79 million -12.55
Eagle Bulk Shipping Competitors $321.06 million -$35.04 million -6.64

Eagle Bulk Shipping’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Eagle Bulk Shipping. Eagle Bulk Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Eagle Bulk Shipping rivals beat Eagle Bulk Shipping on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Eagle Bulk Shipping

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. is engaged primarily in the ocean transportation of a range of major and minor bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer, along worldwide shipping routes. The Company operates in the Handymax sector of the dry bulk industry, with particular emphasis on the Supramax class of vessels. The Company owns Supramax dry bulk vessel. Supramax dry bulk vessels range in size from 50,000 to 60,000 deadweight tons. These vessels have the cargo loading and unloading flexibility of on-board cranes while offering cargo carrying capacities approaching that of Panamax dry bulk vessels, which range in size from 60,000 to 100,000 deadweight tons and must rely on port facilities to load and offload their cargoes. On July 26, 2011 the Company sold its the Heron, a Supramax class of vessel.

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