Reviewing Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) and Its Peers

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

Profitability

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This table compares Dorian LPG and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dorian LPG -8.92% -2.29% -1.29%
Dorian LPG Competitors -19.92% 2.23% -0.48%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Dorian LPG and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dorian LPG 0 1 2 0 2.67
Dorian LPG Competitors 333 878 1001 10 2.31

Dorian LPG currently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.38%. As a group, “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies have a potential upside of 44.61%. Given Dorian LPG’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dorian LPG has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

52.2% of Dorian LPG shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.0% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies are held by institutional investors. 26.5% of Dorian LPG shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.8% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Dorian LPG has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorian LPG’s competitors have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Dorian LPG and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Dorian LPG $167.45 million -$1.44 million -14.20
Dorian LPG Competitors $311.95 million -$36.87 million -6.11

Dorian LPG’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Dorian LPG. Dorian LPG is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Dorian LPG competitors beat Dorian LPG on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Dorian LPG

Dorian LPG Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is focused on owning and operating very large gas carrier (VLGCs) in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping industry. The Company is engaged in the transportation of LPG across the world through its ownership and operation of LPG tankers. As of March 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated a fleet of 22 VLGCs, including 19 84,000 cubic meter (cbm) ECO-design VLGCs (ECO VLGCs) and three 82,000 cbm VLGCs. The VLGCs in its fleet had an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cbm at May 26, 2016. It provides in-house commercial and technical management services for all of its vessels. As of May 26, 2016, its VLGCs included Captain Nicholas ML; Captain John NP; Comet; Corsair; Corvette; Cougar; Concorde; Cobra; Continental; Commodore; Constellation; Cheyenne; Cratis; Chaparral; Commander, and Challenger. The Company’s customers include global energy companies, commodity traders and importers.

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