Reviewing Euroseas (ESEA) & Marten Transport (MRTN)

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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euroseas $42.92 million 0.56 -$6.09 million ($0.72) -2.97
Marten Transport $698.12 million 1.84 $90.28 million $1.64 14.36

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.

Risk and Volatility

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Euroseas and Marten Transport, as provided by

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 currently has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.19%. Marten Transport has a consensus target price of $23.33, suggesting a potential downside of 0.92%. Given Euroseas’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities 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 company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


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%


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.


Marten Transport beats Euroseas on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Euroseas

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’s 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).

About Marten Transport

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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