Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ: PXS) and Euroseas (NASDAQ:ESEA) are both small-cap deep sea freight companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and Euroseas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pyxis Tankers $30.71 million 1.20 -$5.81 million ($0.53) -3.32
Euroseas $28.42 million 0.71 -$44.22 million ($3.02) -0.60

Pyxis Tankers has higher revenue and earnings than Euroseas. Pyxis Tankers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Euroseas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Pyxis Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of Euroseas shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Pyxis Tankers and Euroseas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pyxis Tankers 0 0 2 0 3.00
Euroseas 0 0 1 0 3.00

Pyxis Tankers currently has a consensus target price of $3.25, suggesting a potential upside of 84.66%. Euroseas has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 65.90%. Given Pyxis Tankers’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Pyxis Tankers is more favorable than Euroseas.

Profitability

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and Euroseas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pyxis Tankers -32.43% -20.58% -7.50%
Euroseas -70.00% -14.29% -4.86%

Summary

Pyxis Tankers beats Euroseas on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pyxis Tankers Company Profile

Pyxis Tankers Inc. is a holding company. The Company is an international maritime transportation company focused on the product tanker sector. It owns a fleet of six double hull product tankers: Pyxis Epsilon with carrying capacity of approximately 50,300 deadweight tonnage (dwt); Pyxis Theta with carrying capacity of approximately 51,800 dwt, Pyxis Malou with carrying capacity of over 50,670 dwt; Pyxis Delta with carrying capacity of approximately 46,620 dwt; Northsea Beta with carrying capacity of over 8,650 dwt, and Northsea Alpha with carrying capacity of approximately 8,615 dwt. Four of the Company’s vessels in the fleet are medium-range (MR), product tankers, three have eco-efficient or eco-modified designs, and two of them are short-range tanker sister ships. Its fleet is capable of transporting refined petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel and fuel oil, as well as other liquid bulk items, such as vegetable oils and organic chemicals.

Euroseas Company Profile

Euroseas Ltd. is engaged in the shipping business. The Company is an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and is a provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes. Eurobulk Ltd. manages the Company’s operations. The Company also owns and operates dry bulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal and grains, and minor bulks, such as bauxite, phosphate and fertilizers. The Company has a fleet of 12 vessels, including Kamsarmax drybulk carrier, Panamax drybulk carriers and Handymax drybulk carrier, Intermediate containerships, Handysize containerships, and Feeder containerships. The Company’s five drybulk carriers have a total cargo capacity of 351,272 deadweight tons (dwt), and its seven containerships have a cargo capacity of 11,828 twenty-foot equivalent units (teu).

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