Baltic Trading (NYSE: BALT) and Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ:PXS) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Baltic Trading and Pyxis Tankers’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baltic Trading N/A N/A N/A ($1.14) -1.37
Pyxis Tankers $30.71 million 0.87 -$5.81 million ($0.53) -2.42

Baltic Trading has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Pyxis Tankers. Pyxis Tankers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Baltic Trading, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Baltic Trading and Pyxis Tankers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baltic Trading -613.08% -49.39% -30.66%
Pyxis Tankers -32.43% -20.58% -7.50%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of Pyxis Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Baltic Trading and Pyxis Tankers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baltic Trading 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pyxis Tankers 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pyxis Tankers has a consensus target price of $3.25, suggesting a potential upside of 153.91%. Given Pyxis Tankers’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pyxis Tankers is more favorable than Baltic Trading.

Summary

Pyxis Tankers beats Baltic Trading on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Baltic Trading Company Profile

Baltic Trading Limited is a shipping business focused on the drybulk industry spot market. The Company’s fleet consists of four Capesize vessels, two Ultramax vessels, four Supramax vessels and five Handysize vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 1,221,000 deadweight tons. Its fleet contains six groups of sister ships, which are vessels of virtually identical sizes and specifications. It operates a fleet of drybulk ships that transport iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along shipping routes around the world. It operates its vessels on spot market-related time charters, short-term time charters or in vessel pools trading in the spot market. Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Genco) serves as the Company’s manager. Genco provides it with commercial and strategic management of its fleet.

Pyxis Tankers Company Profile

Pyxis Tankers Inc. is a holding company. The Company is an international maritime transportation company focused on the product tanker sector. It owns a fleet of six double hull product tankers: Pyxis Epsilon with carrying capacity of approximately 50,300 deadweight tonnage (dwt); Pyxis Theta with carrying capacity of approximately 51,800 dwt, Pyxis Malou with carrying capacity of over 50,670 dwt; Pyxis Delta with carrying capacity of approximately 46,620 dwt; Northsea Beta with carrying capacity of over 8,650 dwt, and Northsea Alpha with carrying capacity of approximately 8,615 dwt. Four of the Company’s vessels in the fleet are medium-range (MR), product tankers, three have eco-efficient or eco-modified designs, and two of them are short-range tanker sister ships. Its fleet is capable of transporting refined petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel and fuel oil, as well as other liquid bulk items, such as vegetable oils and organic chemicals.

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