Navigator Holdings (NYSE: NVGS) and Cheniere Energy (NYSE:LNG) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Navigator Holdings and Cheniere Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navigator Holdings $296.90 million 1.87 $119.59 million $0.35 28.57
Cheniere Energy $3.48 billion 2.78 $1.11 billion N/A N/A

Cheniere Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Navigator Holdings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Navigator Holdings and Cheniere Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navigator Holdings 1 0 4 0 2.60
Cheniere Energy 0 1 5 0 2.83

Navigator Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $13.33, indicating a potential upside of 33.33%. Cheniere Energy has a consensus price target of $53.76, indicating a potential upside of 28.97%. Given Navigator Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Navigator Holdings is more favorable than Cheniere Energy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.0% of Navigator Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Navigator Holdings and Cheniere Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navigator Holdings 6.44% 2.28% 1.25%
Cheniere Energy 1.69% N/A 0.32%

Navigator Holdings Company Profile

Navigator Holdings Ltd. is an owner and operator of a fleet of handysize liquefied gas carriers. The Company provides international and regional seaborne transportation services of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemical gases and ammonia. As of December 31, 2016, it had 33 semi- or fully-refrigerated handysize liquefied gas carriers. Its handysize liquefied gas carriers are liquefied gas carriers with capabilities between 15,000 and 24,999 cubic meter (cbm). Its handysize liquefied gas carriers can accommodate medium- and long-haul routes. In addition, it had four midsize 37,300 cbm ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers as of December 31, 2016. Its midsize ethylene-capable semi-refrigerated gas carriers enable long-haul transportation of ethane/ethylene. As of December 31, 2016, it also had one 38,000 cbm fully refrigerated gas carrier. The Company carries LPG for international energy companies, state-owned utilities and commodities traders.

Cheniere Energy Company Profile

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (Cheniere) is an energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related businesses. The Company operates through two segments: LNG terminal business, and LNG and natural gas marketing business. Its LNG terminal segment consists of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG terminals. Its LNG and natural gas marketing segment consists of LNG and natural gas marketing activities by Cheniere Marketing. Cheniere Marketing is developing a portfolio of long- and medium-term SPAs with professional staff based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Chile. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, including the development, construction and operation of its LNG terminal business and the development and operation of its LNG and natural gas marketing business. The Company owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana through its ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Partners.

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