Crude Carriers (NYSE: CRU) and International Seaways (NYSE:INSW) are both small-cap sea-borne tankers companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Crude Carriers and International Seaways’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crude Carriers N/A N/A N/A ($0.39) N/A
International Seaways $398.32 million 1.43 -$18.22 million ($2.51) -7.78

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

86.3% of International Seaways shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Seaways shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Crude Carriers and International Seaways, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crude Carriers 0 0 0 0 N/A
International Seaways 0 0 1 0 3.00

International Seaways has a consensus price target of $30.00, indicating a potential upside of 53.61%.

Profitability

This table compares Crude Carriers and International Seaways’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crude Carriers -76.66% -11.26% -7.33%
International Seaways -23.86% 1.36% 0.95%

Summary

International Seaways beats Crude Carriers on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crude Carriers

Crude Carriers Corp. (Crude Carriers) is a transportation company. The Company is focused on conducting a shipping business focused on the crude tanker industry. It is focused on acquiring and operating a fleet of crude tankers that will transport mainly crude oil and fuel oil along worldwide shipping routes. In Septemeber 2010, Capital Product Partners LP acquired Crude Carriers.

About International Seaways

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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