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

Institutional and Insider 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 company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Safe Bulkers and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Safe Bulkers $127.17 million $59.75 million -5.02
Safe Bulkers Competitors $229.07 million $92.01 million -2.49

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Safe Bulkers and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safe Bulkers 0 4 3 0 2.43
Safe Bulkers Competitors 198 609 654 13 2.33

Safe Bulkers currently has a consensus target price of $3.19, suggesting a potential upside of 11.45%. As a group, “Deep Sea Freight” companies have a potential upside of 38.82%. Given Safe Bulkers’ peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Safe Bulkers has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Safe Bulkers has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its stock price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safe Bulkers’ peers have a beta of 2.04, meaning that their average stock price is 104% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Safe Bulkers and its peers’ 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 peers 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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