Analyzing Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) & Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NYSE:PANL)

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Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ardmore Shipping and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ardmore Shipping $210.18 million 1.00 -$42.94 million ($1.04) -6.13
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $372.97 million 0.39 $17.76 million $0.53 6.23

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Ardmore Shipping. Ardmore Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pangaea Logistics Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Pangaea Logistics Solutions pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Ardmore Shipping does not pay a dividend. Pangaea Logistics Solutions pays out 26.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ardmore Shipping and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ardmore Shipping 0 2 1 0 2.33
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00

Ardmore Shipping currently has a consensus price target of $8.65, suggesting a potential upside of 35.79%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 81.82%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Ardmore Shipping.

Risk & Volatility

Ardmore Shipping has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.3% of Ardmore Shipping shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.1% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 45.1% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Ardmore Shipping and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ardmore Shipping -21.14% -8.92% -3.79%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 4.59% 9.66% 4.99%

Summary

Pangaea Logistics Solutions beats Ardmore Shipping on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ardmore Shipping Company Profile

Ardmore Shipping Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide. As of January 31, 2019, the company operated a fleet of 27 double-hulled product and chemical tankers, including 21 Eco-design and 6 Eco-mod vessels. It serves oil majors, oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Pembroke, Bermuda.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne dry bulk logistics and transportation services to industrial customers worldwide. The company offers various dry bulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite, and limestone. Its ocean logistics services comprise cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning, and technical vessel management. As of March 20, 2019, the company operated a fleet of 20 vessels. Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is based in Newport, Rhode Island.

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