Frontline (NYSE:FRO) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP.PE) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Frontline 5.52% 3.08% 1.14%
Tsakos Energy Navigation N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Frontline and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Frontline $742.27 million 1.96 -$8.88 million ($0.14) -61.07
Tsakos Energy Navigation N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Tsakos Energy Navigation has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Frontline.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Frontline and Tsakos Energy Navigation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Frontline 0 5 2 0 2.29
Tsakos Energy Navigation 0 0 0 0 N/A

Frontline currently has a consensus target price of $6.76, suggesting a potential downside of 20.94%. Given Frontline’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Frontline is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.8% of Frontline shares are held by institutional investors. 48.1% of Frontline shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Frontline beats Tsakos Energy Navigation on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Frontline Company Profile

Frontline Ltd., a shipping company, engages in the seaborne transportation of crude oil and oil products worldwide. It owns and operates oil and product tankers. As of December 31, 2018, the company's fleet consisted of 61 vessels, which included very large crude carrier, Suezmax, and LR2/Aframax tankers with an aggregate capacity of approximately 11.6 million deadweight ton. It is also involved in the charter, purchase, and sale of vessels. The company is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Tsakos Energy Navigation Company Profile

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited provides seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide. The company offers marine transportation services for national, major, and other independent oil companies and refiners under long, medium, and short-term charters. As of April 20, 2018, it operated a fleet of 64 double-hull vessels, including 59 conventional tankers, 2 liquefied natural gas carriers, and 3 suezmax DP2 shuttle tankers. 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.

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