Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE: NAT) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap sea-borne tankers companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.7% of Nordic American Tankers Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.7% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Nordic American Tankers Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.5%. International Seaways does not pay a dividend. Nordic American Tankers Limited pays out -44.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Nordic American Tankers Limited and International Seaways, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nordic American Tankers Limited 3 3 0 0 1.50
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

Nordic American Tankers Limited presently has a consensus target price of $5.40, indicating a potential upside of 27.66%. International Seaways has a consensus target price of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 58.06%. Given International Seaways’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe International Seaways is more favorable than Nordic American Tankers Limited.

Profitability

This table compares Nordic American Tankers Limited and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nordic American Tankers Limited 0.06% 0.25% 0.16%
International Seaways -23.86% 1.36% 0.95%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nordic American Tankers Limited and International Seaways’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nordic American Tankers Limited $236.79 million 1.82 -$4.45 million ($0.91) -4.65
International Seaways $398.32 million 1.39 -$18.22 million ($2.51) -7.56

Nordic American Tankers Limited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than International Seaways. International Seaways is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nordic American Tankers Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

International Seaways beats Nordic American Tankers Limited on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nordic American Tankers Limited

Nordic American Tankers Limited is an international tanker company. The Company owns approximately 26 vessels, including approximately two new buildings under construction, of approximately 156,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) each. The Company’s Suezmaxes tankers can carry over one million barrels of oil. The vessels in the Company’s fleet are homogenous and interchangeable. The Company’s vessels are employed in the spot market. The Company’s vessels include Nordic Harrier, Nordic Hawk, Nordic Hunter, Nordic Voyager, Nordic Fighter, Nordic Freedom, Nordic Discovery, Nordic Saturn, Nordic Jupiter, Nordic Moon, Nordic Apollo, Nordic Cosmos, Nordic Sprite, Nordic Mistral, Nordic Passat, Nordic Vega, Nordic Breeze, Nordic Zenith, Nordic Sprinter, Nordic Skier and Nordic Light.

About International Seaways

International Seaways, Inc. and its subsidiaries own and operate a fleet of oceangoing vessels. The Company’s oceangoing vessels engage in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the International Flag trades. The Company’s segments are International Crude Tankers and International Product Carriers. Its 55-vessel fleet consists of Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Aframax and Panamax crude tankers, as well as long range 1 (LR1), LR2 and medium range (MR) product carriers. Its International Crude Tankers segment is made up of a ULCC and a fleet of VLCCs, Aframaxes, and Panamaxes. Its International Product Carriers segment consists of a fleet of MRs, LR1s and an LR2 engaged in the transportation of crude and refined petroleum products. Through joint venture partnerships (the JVs), it has ownership interests in approximately four liquefied natural gas carriers and approximately two floating storage and offloading service vessels.

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