Eagle Bulk Shipping (NASDAQ: EGLE) and Euronav (NYSE:EURN) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

26.5% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.7% of Euronav shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Eagle Bulk Shipping and Euronav, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Bulk Shipping 0 1 1 0 2.50
Euronav 0 1 2 0 2.67

Eagle Bulk Shipping currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 39.53%. Euronav has a consensus price target of $9.25, suggesting a potential upside of 13.50%. Given Eagle Bulk Shipping’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Eagle Bulk Shipping is more favorable than Euronav.


This table compares Eagle Bulk Shipping and Euronav’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Bulk Shipping -83.12% -10.11% -6.06%
Euronav 5.90% 0.49% 0.31%

Volatility & Risk

Eagle Bulk Shipping has a beta of 3.39, meaning that its share price is 239% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Euronav has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Euronav pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Eagle Bulk Shipping does not pay a dividend. Euronav pays out 57.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Bulk Shipping $124.49 million 2.56 -$223.52 million ($3.36) -1.28
Euronav $691.26 million 1.88 $204.04 million $0.21 38.81

Euronav has higher revenue and earnings than Eagle Bulk Shipping. Eagle Bulk Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Euronav, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Euronav beats Eagle Bulk Shipping on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Euronav 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.

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