Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE: SFL) is one of 53 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Ship Finance International Limited to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Ship Finance International Limited and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ship Finance International Limited 0 1 0 0 2.00
Ship Finance International Limited Competitors 268 1722 2317 82 2.50

Ship Finance International Limited currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.04%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 16.89%. Given Ship Finance International Limited’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ship Finance International Limited has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Ship Finance International Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.5%. Ship Finance International Limited pays out 113.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.4% and pay out 172.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ship Finance International Limited has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Ship Finance International Limited is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Ship Finance International Limited has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ship Finance International Limited’s competitors have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ship Finance International Limited and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ship Finance International Limited 29.59% 11.26% 4.24%
Ship Finance International Limited Competitors 17.14% 19.31% 5.58%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.4% of Ship Finance International Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ship Finance International Limited and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ship Finance International Limited $382.53 million $238.54 million 11.95
Ship Finance International Limited Competitors $5.66 billion $1.31 billion 38.21

Ship Finance International Limited’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Ship Finance International Limited. Ship Finance International Limited 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.

Summary

Ship Finance International Limited competitors beat Ship Finance International Limited on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Ship Finance International Limited Company Profile

Ship Finance International Limited is a holding, and international ship owning and chartering company. The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation of vessels and offshore related assets, and also involved in the charter, purchase and sale of assets. Its assets consist of approximately 20 oil tankers, over 20 dry bulk carriers, approximately 20 container vessels, including a newbuilding, two car carriers, two jack-up drilling rigs, two ultra-deepwater drilling units, five offshore supply vessels, two chemical tankers and two newbuilding oil product tankers. Its oil tankers, chemical tankers and oil product tankers are all double-hull vessels. It has over nine asset types, including crude oil tankers, oil product tankers, chemical tankers, container vessels, car carriers, dry bulk carriers, jack-up drilling rigs, ultra-deepwater drilling units and offshore supply vessels. Its assets consist of a fleet of Suezmax tankers, crude carriers and oil/bulk/ore carriers.

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