Critical Analysis: Pacific Basin Ship (PCFBY) & Dorian LPG (LPG)

Pacific Basin Ship (OTCMKTS: PCFBY) and Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Pacific Basin Ship and Dorian LPG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pacific Basin Ship N/A N/A N/A
Dorian LPG -8.92% -2.29% -1.29%

Volatility & Risk

Pacific Basin Ship has a beta of -0.06, suggesting that its stock price is 106% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorian LPG has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pacific Basin Ship and Dorian LPG’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pacific Basin Ship $1.49 billion 0.81 $3.61 million N/A N/A
Dorian LPG $167.45 million 2.37 -$1.44 million ($0.54) -13.35

Pacific Basin Ship has higher revenue and earnings than Dorian LPG.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Pacific Basin Ship and Dorian LPG, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pacific Basin Ship 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dorian LPG 0 1 3 0 2.75

Dorian LPG has a consensus price target of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 24.83%. Given Dorian LPG’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dorian LPG is more favorable than Pacific Basin Ship.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.2% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.5% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Dorian LPG beats Pacific Basin Ship on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pacific Basin Ship Company Profile

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited, an investment holding company, provides dry bulk shipping services worldwide. As of February 28, 2017, the company had a fleet of 226 ships, including 136 Handysize vessels, 88 Supramax vessels, and 2 Post Panamax vessels. It also offers ship and ocean shipping services, shipping consulting and ship agency, crewing, secretarial, and ship management services. Pacific Basin Shipping Limited was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong.

Dorian LPG Company Profile

Dorian LPG Ltd. operates as a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping company worldwide. The company engages in the transportation of LPG. It primarily serves energy companies and commodity traders through its fleet of 22 very large gas carriers with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cubic meters. Dorian LPG Ltd. was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

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