Analyzing Frontline (NYSE:FRO) and Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE:OSG)

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Frontline (NYSE:FRO) and Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE:OSG) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.4% of Frontline shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.4% of Overseas Shipholding Group shares are held by institutional investors. 48.1% of Frontline shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Overseas Shipholding Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Frontline and Overseas Shipholding Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Frontline $742.27 million 2.71 -$8.88 million ($0.14) -75.07
Overseas Shipholding Group $366.16 million 0.43 $13.49 million N/A N/A

Overseas Shipholding Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Frontline.

Risk and Volatility

Frontline has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Overseas Shipholding Group has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Frontline and Overseas Shipholding Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Frontline 8.21% 5.73% 2.17%
Overseas Shipholding Group 2.38% 3.77% 1.32%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Frontline and Overseas Shipholding Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Frontline 0 4 5 0 2.56
Overseas Shipholding Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Frontline presently has a consensus price target of $8.83, suggesting a potential downside of 16.00%. Given Frontline’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Frontline is more favorable than Overseas Shipholding Group.

Summary

Frontline beats Overseas Shipholding Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Frontline Company Profile

Frontline Ltd., a shipping company, engages in the seaborne transportation of crude oil and oil products worldwide. It owns and operates oil and product tankers. As of December 31, 2018, the company's fleet consisted of 61 vessels, which included very large crude carrier, Suezmax, and LR2/Aframax tankers with an aggregate capacity of approximately 11.6 million deadweight ton. It is also involved in the charter, purchase, and sale of vessels. The company is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Overseas Shipholding Group Company Profile

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of oceangoing vessels engaged in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the United States. At December 31, 2018, the company owned or operated a fleet of 21 vessels totaling an aggregate of approximately 900,000 deadweight tons. It serves independent oil traders, refinery operators, and the United States and international government entities. Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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