COSTAMARE Inc/SH (NYSE:CMRE) and Gener8 Maritime (NYSE:GNRT) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for COSTAMARE Inc/SH and Gener8 Maritime, as provided by MarketBeat.
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COSTAMARE Inc/SH currently has a consensus price target of $7.67, suggesting a potential upside of 28.21%. Gener8 Maritime has a consensus price target of $7.92, suggesting a potential upside of 19.77%. Given COSTAMARE Inc/SH’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe COSTAMARE Inc/SH is more favorable than Gener8 Maritime.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares COSTAMARE Inc/SH and Gener8 Maritime’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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COSTAMARE Inc/SH has higher revenue and earnings than Gener8 Maritime. Gener8 Maritime is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than COSTAMARE Inc/SH, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares COSTAMARE Inc/SH and Gener8 Maritime’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility & Risk
COSTAMARE Inc/SH has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gener8 Maritime has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.
COSTAMARE Inc/SH pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Gener8 Maritime does not pay a dividend. COSTAMARE Inc/SH pays out 51.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
25.9% of COSTAMARE Inc/SH shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.2% of Gener8 Maritime shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.7% of Gener8 Maritime shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
COSTAMARE Inc/SH beats Gener8 Maritime on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
COSTAMARE Inc/SH Company Profile
Costamare Inc. owns and charters containerships to liner companies worldwide. As of February 23, 2018, it had a fleet of 71 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 466,000 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU), including 64 vessels in the water, aggregating approximately 462,000 TEU; and 1 new build vessel of 3,800 TEU. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Monaco.
Gener8 Maritime Company Profile
Gener8 Maritime, Inc. provides international seaborne crude oil and petroleum products transportation services. As of March 14, 2018, it had a fleet of 30 vessels comprising 21 very large crude carriers, 6 Suezmaxes, 1 Aframax, and 2 Panamax tankers with a total carrying capacity of approximately 7.5 million deadweight tons. The company was formerly known as General Maritime Corporation and changed its name to Gener8 Maritime, Inc. in May 2015. Gener8 Maritime, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in New York, New York.
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