Financial Review: SEACOR Marine (NYSE:SMHI) versus SEASPAN CORP/SH SH (NYSE:SSW)

SEACOR Marine (NYSE:SMHI) and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH (NYSE:SSW) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for SEACOR Marine and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEACOR Marine 0 1 0 0 2.00
SEASPAN CORP/SH SH 1 2 0 0 1.67

SEACOR Marine presently has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 571.14%. SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has a consensus target price of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of ∞. Given SEASPAN CORP/SH SH’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SEASPAN CORP/SH SH is more favorable than SEACOR Marine.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.5% of SEACOR Marine shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of SEASPAN CORP/SH SH shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.9% of SEACOR Marine shares are owned by 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.

Risk and Volatility

SEACOR Marine has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEACOR Marine and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEACOR Marine $201.49 million 0.17 -$92.84 million N/A N/A
SEASPAN CORP/SH SH $1.13 billion 0.00 $439.10 million $0.78 N/A

SEASPAN CORP/SH SH has higher revenue and earnings than SEACOR Marine.

Profitability

This table compares SEACOR Marine and SEASPAN CORP/SH SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEACOR Marine -39.66% -14.51% -6.88%
SEASPAN CORP/SH SH 38.79% 7.61% 2.86%

Summary

SEASPAN CORP/SH SH beats SEACOR Marine on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

SEACOR Marine Company Profile

Seacor Marine Holdings, Inc. engages in the provision of offshore marine business. It offers global marine and support transportation services to offshore oil & gas exploration, development, and production facilities. The company involves in the operation of support and specialty vessels for and among independent oil, gas exploration, production, and emerging independent companies. It operates through the following segments: Time Charter, Bareboat Charter, and Other. The Time Charter segment offers vessels to customers based upon daily rates of hire. The Bareboat Charter segment is the support of vessels among customers where the customer assumes responsibility for all operating expenses and all risk of operation. The company was founded on December 15, 2014 and is headquartered in Houma, LA.

SEASPAN CORP/SH SH Company Profile

Seaspan Corporation operates as an independent charter owner and manager of containerships in Hong Kong. The company charters its containerships under long-term, fixed-rate time charters to various container liner companies. As of February 15, 2018, it operated a fleet of 91 containerships. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

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