Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP) and Navios Maritime Midstream (NYSE:NAP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Risk and Volatility

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Tsakos Energy Navigation has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Midstream has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Tsakos Energy Navigation and Navios Maritime Midstream’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tsakos Energy Navigation 1.44% 1.35% 0.59%
Navios Maritime Midstream 14.73% 4.64% 2.63%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tsakos Energy Navigation and Navios Maritime Midstream’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tsakos Energy Navigation $529.18 million 0.55 $7.61 million $0.24 14.29
Navios Maritime Midstream $83.05 million 0.86 $14.63 million $0.70 4.77

Navios Maritime Midstream has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Tsakos Energy Navigation. Navios Maritime Midstream is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tsakos Energy Navigation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Tsakos Energy Navigation and Navios Maritime Midstream, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 1 6 0 2.86
Navios Maritime Midstream 2 1 0 0 1.33

Tsakos Energy Navigation presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 45.77%. Navios Maritime Midstream has a consensus target price of $7.17, indicating a potential upside of 114.57%. Given Navios Maritime Midstream’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Midstream is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.2% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.3% of Navios Maritime Midstream shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Navios Maritime Midstream pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 50.6%. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 83.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Navios Maritime Midstream pays out 241.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Tsakos Energy Navigation Company Profile

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited provides international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide. The company offers marine transportation services to national, major, and other independent oil companies and refiners under long, medium, and short-term charters. As of April 5, 2017, it operated a fleet of 62 double-hull vessels, including 57 conventional tankers, 2 liquefied natural gas carriers, and 3 suezmax DP2 shuttle tankers. Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited has a strategic partnership with Statoil for the crude oil tanker newbuildings. The company was formerly known as MIF Limited and changed its name to Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited in July 2001. Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited was founded in 1993 and is based in Athens, Greece.

Navios Maritime Midstream Company Profile

Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. owns, operates, and acquires crude oil tankers, refined petroleum product tankers, chemical tankers, and liquefied petroleum gas tankers. The company provides seaborne shipping services through its vessels under long-term employment contracts to international oil companies, refiners, and large vessel operators. As of December 31, 2017, it owned six very large crude carrier vessels. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners GP LLC operates as the general partner of the company. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. is a subsidiary of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation.

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