Comparing Nordic American Offshore (NAO) and Navios Maritime Midstream (NAP)

Nordic American Offshore (NYSE: NAO) and Navios Maritime Midstream (NYSE:NAP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.6% of Nordic American Offshore shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.3% of Navios Maritime Midstream shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Nordic American Offshore has a beta of -0.02, suggesting that its stock price is 102% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Midstream has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Nordic American Offshore and Navios Maritime Midstream, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nordic American Offshore 0 0 0 0 N/A
Navios Maritime Midstream 1 1 1 0 2.00

Navios Maritime Midstream has a consensus target price of $6.17, indicating a potential upside of 54.94%. Given Navios Maritime Midstream’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Midstream is more favorable than Nordic American Offshore.

Profitability

This table compares Nordic American Offshore and Navios Maritime Midstream’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nordic American Offshore -197.21% -11.81% -7.65%
Navios Maritime Midstream -20.37% 4.99% 2.82%

Dividends

Nordic American Offshore pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Navios Maritime Midstream pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.6%. Navios Maritime Midstream pays out 71.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Nordic American Offshore and Navios Maritime Midstream’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nordic American Offshore $16.08 million 4.59 -$29.32 million N/A N/A
Navios Maritime Midstream $83.05 million 1.02 $14.63 million $0.70 5.69

Navios Maritime Midstream has higher revenue and earnings than Nordic American Offshore.

Summary

Navios Maritime Midstream beats Nordic American Offshore on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Nordic American Offshore

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. owns and operates platform supply vessels (PSVs). As of May 2, 2017, it had a fleet of 10 PSVs. The company operates its vessels in the United Kingdom and in the Norwegian sectors of the North Sea. Nordic American Offshore Ltd. was founded in 2013 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About Navios Maritime Midstream

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. owns, operates, and acquires crude oil tankers, refined petroleum product tankers, chemical tankers, and liquefied petroleum gas tankers. The company provides seaborne shipping services through its vessels under long-term employment contracts to international oil companies, refiners, and large vessel operators. As of December 31, 2017, it owned six very large crude carrier vessels. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. is a subsidiary of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation.

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