Safe Bulkers (NYSE: SB) is one of 25 public companies in the “Deep Sea Freight” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Safe Bulkers to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.0% of Safe Bulkers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of shares of all “Deep Sea Freight” companies are owned 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.

Volatility and Risk

Safe Bulkers has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safe Bulkers’ competitors have a beta of 2.06, meaning that their average share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Safe Bulkers and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safe Bulkers 0 4 3 0 2.43
Safe Bulkers Competitors 198 608 653 13 2.33

Safe Bulkers currently has a consensus target price of $3.19, suggesting a potential upside of 4.17%. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 36.55%. Given Safe Bulkers’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Safe Bulkers has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Safe Bulkers and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Safe Bulkers $127.17 million $59.75 million -5.37
Safe Bulkers Competitors $229.07 million $92.04 million -2.56

Safe Bulkers’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Safe Bulkers. Safe Bulkers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Safe Bulkers and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safe Bulkers -26.74% -3.34% -1.61%
Safe Bulkers Competitors -97.12% -16.36% -5.76%

Summary

Safe Bulkers competitors beat Safe Bulkers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Safe Bulkers Company Profile

Safe Bulkers, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s principal business is the acquisition, ownership and operation of drybulk vessels. The Company’s vessels operate across the world, carrying drybulk cargo for the consumers of marine drybulk transportation services. The Company is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along shipping routes across the world. As of February 17, 2017 the Company’s fleet included 38 vessels, of which 14 are Panamax class vessels, nine are Kamsarmax class vessels, 12 are Post-Panamax class vessels and three are Capesize class vessels, with an aggregate carrying capacity of 3,421,800 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company’s fleet of Post-Panamax vessels includes Marina, Xenia, Sophia, Eleni, Martine, Andreas K, Panayiota K, Venus Heritage, Venus History, Venus Horizon and Troodos Sun. Its fleet of Capesize vessels includes Kanaris, Pelopidas and Lake Despina.

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