Head to Head Contrast: Pangaea Logistics Solutions (PANL) & Seacor (CKH)

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Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NYSE: CKH) and Seacor (NYSE:CKH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Seacor’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 5.53% 10.42% 5.26%
Seacor 18.26% 2.88% 1.31%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Seacor, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 2 0 3.00
Seacor 0 2 0 0 2.00

Pangaea Logistics Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $4.55, indicating a potential upside of 35.82%. Seacor has a consensus price target of $48.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.74%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Seacor.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.3% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.6% of Seacor shares are owned by institutional investors. 45.1% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of Seacor shares 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.

Risk & Volatility

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.3, meaning that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Seacor has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Seacor’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $385.09 million 0.38 $7.81 million $0.38 8.82
Seacor $577.89 million 1.56 $61.64 million $1.29 38.26

Seacor has higher revenue and earnings than Pangaea Logistics Solutions. Pangaea Logistics Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Seacor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Seacor beats Pangaea Logistics Solutions on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne dry bulk logistics and transportation services to industrial customers worldwide. The company offers various dry bulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite, and limestone. Its ocean logistics services comprise cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning, and technical vessel management. As of March 21, 2018, the company operates a fleet of 55 vessels. Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is based in Newport, Rhode Island.

Seacor Company Profile

SEACOR Holdings Inc., a diversified holding company, engages in transportation, and logistics and risk management consultancy businesses in the United States and internationally. The company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment owns and operates a diversified fleet of marine transportation, and towing and bunkering assets. This segment also operates carriers for the United States coastwise trade of crude oil, petroleum, and chemical products; and owns and operates dry bulk carriers. In addition, the company's Ocean Transportation & Logistics Services segment provides terminal support and technical ship management services, as well as pure car/truck carrier, liner, and short-sea transportation services. Its Inland Transportation & Logistics Services segment markets and operates river transportation equipment for moving agricultural and industrial commodities and containers, and petroleum products; owns and operates multi-modal terminal facilities; and operates barge fleeting locations and transshipment terminal. The company's Witt O'Brien's segment provides resilience solutions for areas of critical infrastructure. The company also engages in lending and leasing activities; and agricultural commodity trading and logistics business; and provision of general aviation services. SEACOR Holdings Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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