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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.6% of DHT Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for DHT Holdings and International Seaways, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DHT Holdings 0 1 3 0 2.75
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

DHT Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 52.28%. International Seaways has a consensus target price of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 48.96%. Given DHT Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe DHT Holdings is more favorable than International Seaways.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DHT Holdings and International Seaways’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DHT Holdings $328.15 million 1.71 $154.80 million ($0.44) -8.95
International Seaways $327.29 million 1.80 $85.71 million ($3.50) -5.75

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

Dividends

DHT Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. International Seaways does not pay a dividend. DHT Holdings pays out -18.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. International Seaways has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares DHT Holdings and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DHT Holdings -12.48% 6.07% 3.03%
International Seaways -31.22% 0.91% 0.64%

Summary

DHT Holdings beats International Seaways on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

DHT Holdings Company Profile

DHT Holdings, Inc. operates a fleet of crude oil tankers. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 21 crude oil tankers in operation. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 19 very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which are tankers ranging in size from 200,000 to 320,000 deadweight tons (dwt), and two Aframax tankers (Aframaxes), which are tankers ranging in size from 80,000 to 120,000 dwt. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet in operation had a combined carrying capacity of 6,087,095 dwt. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s VLCCs included DHT Ann, DHT Eagle, DHT Phoenix, DHT Hawk, DHT Condor, DHT Scandinavia, DHT China, DHT Amazon, DHT Redwood, DHT Sundarbans, DHT Taiga, DHT Leopard, DHT Lion, DHT Panther and DHT Puma. As of March 21, 2017, the Company’s Aframaxes are DHT Cathy and DHT Sophie.

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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