Financial Comparison: SEACOR Marine (SMHI) and TOP SHIPS (TOPS)

SEACOR Marine (NYSE:SMHI) and TOP SHIPS (NASDAQ:TOPS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares SEACOR Marine and TOP SHIPS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEACOR Marine -30.60% -11.96% -5.85%
TOP SHIPS N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

SEACOR Marine has a beta of 1.81, suggesting that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TOP SHIPS has a beta of -0.46, suggesting that its share price is 146% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SEACOR Marine and TOP SHIPS, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEACOR Marine 0 0 0 0 N/A
TOP SHIPS 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.5% of SEACOR Marine shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of TOP SHIPS shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of SEACOR Marine shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SEACOR Marine and TOP SHIPS’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEACOR Marine $253.61 million 1.10 -$77.61 million N/A N/A
TOP SHIPS $41.05 million 0.45 -$11.13 million N/A N/A

TOP SHIPS has lower revenue, but higher earnings than SEACOR Marine.

Summary

SEACOR Marine beats TOP SHIPS on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SEACOR Marine

SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. provides marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production facilities worldwide. It operates a fleet of offshore support and specialty vessels that deliver cargo and personnel to offshore installations; handle anchors and mooring equipment required to tether rigs to the seabed; tow rigs and assist in placing them on location and moving them between regions; construction, well work-over, and decommissioning support; and carry and launch equipment used underwater in drilling and well installation, maintenance, inspection, and repair, as well as accommodations for technicians and specialists, safety support, and emergency response services. The company is headquartered in Houma, Louisiana.

About TOP SHIPS

Top Ships Inc. owns and operates tanker vessels worldwide. The company's medium range tanker vessels transport crude oil, petroleum products, and bulk liquid chemicals. As of December 31, 2017, it had a fleet of two chartered-in 49,737 deadweight ton (dwt) product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Stenaweco Energy and the M/T Stenaweco Evolution; two 39,208 dwt product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Eco Fleet and the M/T Eco Revolution; three 49,737 dwt product/chemical tankers, the M/T Stenaweco Excellence, M/T Nord Valiant, and M/T Stenaweco Elegance; and a 49,737 dwt product/chemical tanker vessel, the M/T Eco Holmby Hills. The company was formerly known as Top Tankers Inc. and changed its name to Top Ships Inc. in December 2007. Top Ships Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

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