Head to Head Comparison: Diana Shipping (DSX) versus Seacor (CKH)

Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) and Seacor (NYSE:CKH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Diana Shipping and Seacor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diana Shipping -237.60% -4.71% -2.56%
Seacor 16.80% 3.88% 1.89%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Diana Shipping and Seacor’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diana Shipping $161.90 million 2.55 -$511.71 million ($0.79) -4.92
Seacor $577.89 million 1.54 $61.64 million $1.29 37.74

Seacor has higher revenue and earnings than Diana Shipping. Diana Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Seacor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Diana Shipping has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seacor has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Diana Shipping and Seacor, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diana Shipping 0 3 1 0 2.25
Seacor 0 2 0 0 2.00

Diana Shipping presently has a consensus price target of $4.75, suggesting a potential upside of 22.11%. Seacor has a consensus price target of $48.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.39%. Given Diana Shipping’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Diana Shipping is more favorable than Seacor.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.4% of Diana Shipping shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.5% of Seacor shares are held by institutional investors. 10.5% of Seacor shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Seacor beats Diana Shipping on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services. The company transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, and grains, as well as steel products, cement, and fertilizers through its ownership of dry bulk vessels worldwide. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a fleet of 50 dry bulk carriers, including 22 Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax, 5 Post-Panamax, 14 Capesize, and 4 Newcastlemax vessels. The company was formerly known as Diana Shipping Investments Corp. and changed its name to Diana Shipping Inc. in February 2005. Diana Shipping Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Athens, Greece.

About Seacor

SEACOR Holdings Inc., a diversified holding company, engages in transportation, and logistics and risk management consultancy businesses in the United States and internationally. The company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment owns and operates a diversified fleet of marine transportation, and towing and bunkering assets. This segment also operates carriers for the United States coastwise trade of crude oil, petroleum, and chemical products; and owns and operates dry bulk carriers. In addition, the company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment provides terminal support and technical ship management services, as well as pure car/truck carrier, liner, and short-sea transportation services. Its Inland Transportation & Logistics Services segment markets and operates river transportation equipment for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and containers, and petroleum products; owns and operates multi-modal terminal facilities; and operates barge fleeting locations and transshipment terminal. The company's Witt O'Brien's segment provides resilience solutions for areas of critical infrastructure. The company also engages in lending and leasing activities; and agricultural commodity trading and logistics business; and provision of general aviation services. SEACOR Holdings Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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