Financial Survey: Navios Maritime Containers (NASDAQ:NMCI) and Frontline (NASDAQ:FRO)

Navios Maritime Containers (NASDAQ:NMCI) and Frontline (NYSE:FRO) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Navios Maritime Containers and Frontline, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Navios Maritime Containers 0 0 1 0 3.00
Frontline 0 5 2 0 2.29

Navios Maritime Containers currently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 382.57%. Frontline has a consensus price target of $7.16, indicating a potential downside of 0.28%. Given Navios Maritime Containers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Navios Maritime Containers is more favorable than Frontline.

Profitability

This table compares Navios Maritime Containers and Frontline’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Navios Maritime Containers 4.11% 4.53% 2.05%
Frontline 5.52% 3.08% 1.14%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Navios Maritime Containers and Frontline’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Navios Maritime Containers $133.92 million 0.48 $12.70 million $0.53 3.52
Frontline $742.27 million 1.64 -$8.88 million ($0.14) -51.29

Navios Maritime Containers has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Frontline. Frontline is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navios Maritime Containers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.3% of Navios Maritime Containers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.8% of Frontline shares are held by institutional investors. 48.1% of Frontline shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Navios Maritime Containers beats Frontline on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Navios Maritime Containers Company Profile

Navios Maritime Containers L.P. owns and operates containerships in Asia and Europe. As of March 6, 2019, it owned a fleet of 30 vessels. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Frontline Company Profile

Frontline Ltd., a shipping company, engages in the seaborne transportation of crude oil and oil products worldwide. It owns and operates oil and product tankers. As of December 31, 2018, the company's fleet consisted of 61 vessels, which included very large crude carrier, Suezmax, and LR2/Aframax tankers with an aggregate capacity of approximately 11.6 million deadweight ton. It is also involved in the charter, purchase, and sale of vessels. The company is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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