Seacor (NYSE: LPG) and Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Seacor and Dorian LPG, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Seacor presently has a consensus target price of $48.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.74%. Given Seacor’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Seacor is more favorable than Dorian LPG.
Risk and Volatility
Seacor has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorian LPG has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Seacor and Dorian LPG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
93.6% of Seacor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of Dorian LPG shares are held by institutional investors. 10.5% of Seacor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.5% of Dorian LPG shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Seacor and Dorian LPG’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Seacor||$577.89 million||1.56||$61.64 million||$1.29||38.26|
|Dorian LPG||$159.34 million||2.56||-$20.40 million||($0.62)||-11.92|
Seacor has higher revenue and earnings than Dorian LPG. Dorian LPG is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Seacor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Seacor beats Dorian LPG on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Dorian LPG Company Profile
Dorian LPG Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its LPG tankers worldwide. It owns and operates very large gas carriers (VLGCs). As of June 26, 2018, its fleet consisted of 22 VLGCs with carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cubic meters. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
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