Seanergy Maritime (NASDAQ: SHIP) and Rand Logistics (NASDAQ:RLOG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.6% of Seanergy Maritime shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of Rand Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Rand Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Seanergy Maritime and Rand Logistics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Seanergy Maritime 0 0 1 0 3.00
Rand Logistics 0 0 0 0 N/A

Seanergy Maritime presently has a consensus target price of $3.00, suggesting a potential upside of 188.46%. Given Seanergy Maritime’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Seanergy Maritime is more favorable than Rand Logistics.

Profitability

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Rand Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Seanergy Maritime -16.30% -32.51% -3.76%
Rand Logistics -19.24% -319.11% -8.36%

Risk and Volatility

Seanergy Maritime has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rand Logistics has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Seanergy Maritime and Rand Logistics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Seanergy Maritime $34.66 million 1.11 -$24.62 million ($0.47) -2.21
Rand Logistics $115.45 million 0.04 -$18.22 million ($1.29) -0.18

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

Summary

Seanergy Maritime beats Rand Logistics on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Seanergy Maritime

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is an international shipping company. The Company provides marine dry bulk transportation services through the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels. It owns a modern fleet of eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 deadweight tonnages (dwt) and an average fleet age of about 8.1 years. Its fleet comprises vessels, including Leadership, Gloriuship, Geniuship, Premiership, Squireship, Championship, Gladiatorship and Guardianship. The Company’s subsidiaries, which are all, owned by it either directly or indirectly, conduct all of its operations and own all of its operating assets. The Company manages its vessel’s operations, insurances and bunkering, and has the general supervision of its third-party technical and commercial managers. V.Ships Limited, which is an independent third party, provides technical management for its vessels.

About Rand Logistics

Rand Logistics, Inc. is a shipping company that, through its operating subsidiaries, is engaged in the operation of bulk carriers on the Great Lakes. The Company’s shipping business is operated in Canada by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (Lower Lakes Towing) and in the United States by Lower Lakes Transportation Company (Lower Lakes Transportation). The Company transports construction aggregates, salt, grain, coal, iron ore, and other dry bulk commodities for customers in the construction, electric utility, food, and integrated steel industries. Lower Lakes’ fleet consists of approximately six self-unloading bulk carriers and over four conventional bulk carriers in Canada and approximately six self-unloading bulk carriers in the United States, including over three articulated tug and barge units. Lower Lakes Towing owns approximately nine Canadian vessels and Lower Lakes Towing (17) Ltd. (Lower Lakes (17)) owns the tenth Canadian vessel.

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