KNOT Offshore Partners (NYSE: KNOP) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.9% of KNOT Offshore Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.5% of International Seaways shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KNOT Offshore Partners and International Seaways’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KNOT Offshore Partners $184.55 million 3.77 $140.66 million $2.39 9.79
International Seaways $327.29 million 1.79 $85.71 million ($3.50) -5.72

KNOT Offshore Partners has higher revenue, but lower earnings than International Seaways. International Seaways is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than KNOT Offshore Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

KNOT Offshore Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. International Seaways does not pay a dividend. KNOT Offshore Partners pays out 87.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. International Seaways has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares KNOT Offshore Partners and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KNOT Offshore Partners 35.75% 10.26% 4.31%
International Seaways -31.22% 0.91% 0.64%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for KNOT Offshore Partners and International Seaways, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KNOT Offshore Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

International Seaways has a consensus price target of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 49.93%. Given International Seaways’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe International Seaways is more favorable than KNOT Offshore Partners.

Summary

International Seaways beats KNOT Offshore Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

KNOT Offshore Partners Company Profile

KNOT Offshore Partners LP (KNOT Offshore Partners or the Partnership), owns, operates and acquires shuttle tankers under long-term charters. The Partnership’s vessels in its fleet are chartered to Statoil ASA (Statoil), Petrobras Transporte S.A. (Transpetro), Repsol Sinopec Brasil, S.A. (Repsol), Royal Dutch Shell plc, ExxonMobil, and Eni Trading and Shipping S.p.A. (ENI). As of March 17, 2017, the Company had a fleet of 12 shuttle tankers. Its shuttle tankers include Fortaleza Knutsen, Recife Knutsen, Bodil Knutsen and Dan Cisne. KNOT Offshore Partners GP LLC is the general partner of the Partnership. It is engaged in the loading, transportation and storage of the crude oil using the vessels in its fleet. It provides all of these services under time charters and bareboat charters. As of December 31, 2016, eight of its shuttle tankers were chartered under time charters and four of its shuttle tankers were chartered under bareboat charters.

International Seaways Company Profile

International Seaways, Inc. and its subsidiaries own and operate a fleet of oceangoing vessels. The Company’s oceangoing vessels engage in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the International Flag trades. The Company’s segments are International Crude Tankers and International Product Carriers. Its 55-vessel fleet consists of Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Aframax and Panamax crude tankers, as well as long range 1 (LR1), LR2 and medium range (MR) product carriers. Its International Crude Tankers segment is made up of a ULCC and a fleet of VLCCs, Aframaxes, and Panamaxes. Its International Product Carriers segment consists of a fleet of MRs, LR1s and an LR2 engaged in the transportation of crude and refined petroleum products. Through joint venture partnerships (the JVs), it has ownership interests in approximately four liquefied natural gas carriers and approximately two floating storage and offloading service vessels.

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