Financial Survey: Navios Maritime Acquisition (NNA) & Global Ship Lease (GSL)

Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE: NNA) and Global Ship Lease (NYSE:GSL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Ship Lease has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and Global Ship Lease’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Acquisition -52.11% -9.11% -2.71%
Global Ship Lease -49.94% 8.03% 3.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Navios Maritime Acquisition and Global Ship Lease, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Acquisition 1 1 1 0 2.00
Global Ship Lease 0 0 0 0 N/A

Navios Maritime Acquisition presently has a consensus price target of $1.63, indicating a potential upside of 166.39%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition is more favorable than Global Ship Lease.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Navios Maritime Acquisition and Global Ship Lease’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Acquisition $227.29 million 0.40 -$78.89 million ($0.12) -5.08
Global Ship Lease $158.99 million 0.46 -$74.26 million N/A N/A

Global Ship Lease has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Navios Maritime Acquisition.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.1% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.7% of Global Ship Lease shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.1%. Global Ship Lease does not pay a dividend. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Global Ship Lease beats Navios Maritime Acquisition on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation provides marine transportation services worldwide. The company owns a fleet of crude oil, refined petroleum product, and chemical tankers. It charters its vessels to oil companies, refiners, and large vessel operators under long, medium, and short term charters. As of April 2, 2018, the compnay's fleet consisted of a total of 35 double-hulled tanker vessels aggregating approximately 3.6 million deadweight tons, which included 7 very large crude carrier tankers, 8 Long Range 1 product tankers, 18 Medium Range 2 product tankers, and 2 chemical tankers. Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation was founded in 2008 and is based in Monaco.

Global Ship Lease Company Profile

Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and charters containerships of various sizes under long-term, fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of March 1, 2018, the company owned 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 twenty-foot equivalent units. Global Ship Lease, Inc. is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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