Financial Review: Navigator (NVGS) vs. Its Rivals

Navigator (NYSE: NVGS) is one of 44 public companies in the “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Navigator to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Navigator and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator 0 1 3 0 2.75
Navigator Competitors 333 878 1001 10 2.31

Navigator currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.93%. As a group, “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies have a potential upside of 44.66%. Given Navigator’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Navigator has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Navigator has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navigator’s peers have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.5% of Navigator 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. 23.8% of shares of all “Deep sea foreign transportation of freight” companies 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Navigator and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator $298.60 million $5.31 million 70.00
Navigator Competitors $311.95 million -$36.87 million -6.11

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

Profitability

This table compares Navigator and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator 1.78% 0.84% 0.44%
Navigator Competitors -19.92% 2.23% -0.48%

Summary

Navigator beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Navigator Company Profile

Navigator Holdings Ltd. owns and operates a fleet of liquefied gas carriers worldwide. The company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical gases, and ammonia for energy companies, industrial users, and commodity traders. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 38 vessels. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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