Euronav NV (NASDAQ: EURN) and Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ:EGLE) 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 Euronav NV and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Euronav NV N/A N/A N/A
Eagle Bulk Shipping -100.90% -11.66% -7.25%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Euronav NV and Eagle Bulk Shipping’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Euronav NV $570.41 million 2.16 $284.02 million N/A N/A
Eagle Bulk Shipping N/A N/A N/A ($3.73) -1.25

Euronav NV has higher revenue and earnings than Eagle Bulk Shipping.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Euronav NV and Eagle Bulk Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Euronav NV 0 1 4 0 2.80
Eagle Bulk Shipping 0 1 1 0 2.50

Euronav NV presently has a consensus price target of $9.75, suggesting a potential upside of 25.00%. Eagle Bulk Shipping has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.21%. Given Eagle Bulk Shipping’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Eagle Bulk Shipping is more favorable than Euronav NV.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

17.8% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Eagle Bulk Shipping 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

Euronav NV beats Eagle Bulk Shipping on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Euronav NV Company Profile

Euronav NV, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and manages a fleet of vessels for the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Tankers; and Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading Operations. As of April 4, 2017, it owned and operated a fleet of 55 double hulled vessels, including 31 very large crude carriers, 1 V-Plus vessel, 19 Suezmax vessels, and 2 floating, storage, and offloading vessels, as well as 2 Suezmax vessels under construction. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Company Profile

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. is engaged primarily in the ocean transportation of a range of major and minor bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer, along worldwide shipping routes. The Company operates in the Handymax sector of the dry bulk industry, with particular emphasis on the Supramax class of vessels. The Company owns Supramax dry bulk vessel. Supramax dry bulk vessels range in size from 50,000 to 60,000 deadweight tons. These vessels have the cargo loading and unloading flexibility of on-board cranes while offering cargo carrying capacities approaching that of Panamax dry bulk vessels, which range in size from 60,000 to 100,000 deadweight tons and must rely on port facilities to load and offload their cargoes. On July 26, 2011 the Company sold its the Heron, a Supramax class of vessel.

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