Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Scorpio Tankers and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Scorpio Tankers||$512.73 million||1.43||-$158.24 million||($0.75)||-3.15|
|Tsakos Energy Navigation||$481.79 million||0.60||$55.78 million||$0.20||16.90|
Volatility and Risk
Scorpio Tankers has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tsakos Energy Navigation has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Scorpio Tankers and Tsakos Energy Navigation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Tsakos Energy Navigation||0||2||5||0||2.71|
Scorpio Tankers currently has a consensus target price of $5.69, suggesting a potential upside of 141.00%. Tsakos Energy Navigation has a consensus target price of $5.14, suggesting a potential upside of 52.16%. Given Scorpio Tankers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Scorpio Tankers is more favorable than Tsakos Energy Navigation.
This table compares Scorpio Tankers and Tsakos Energy Navigation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Tsakos Energy Navigation||5.64%||2.02%||0.88%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
66.8% of Scorpio Tankers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.1% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Tsakos Energy Navigation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Scorpio Tankers pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Scorpio Tankers pays out -5.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tsakos Energy Navigation pays out 100.0% 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 beats Scorpio Tankers on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Scorpio Tankers Company Profile
Scorpio Tankers Inc. (Scorpio Tankers) is engaged in the seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products in the international shipping markets. The Company operates through four segments: Handymax, MR, LR1/Panamax and LR2. As of March 15, 2017, the Company’s fleet consisted of 78 owned tankers (22 LR2, 14 Handymax and 42 MR) with a weighted average age of approximately 2.3 years, and 19 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers, which it operated (one LR2, one LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax) (collectively referred to as its Operating Fleet). As of March 1, 2017, the Company’s total oil tanker fleet (crude, products and product/chemical tankers) consisted of 4,754 ships with a combined capacity of 525.9 million deadweight tonnage. As of December 31, 2016, the Company also had contracts for the construction of one LR2 tanker and eight MR tankers. Its vessels include STI Brixton, STI Comandante, STI Finchley, STI Hammersmith, STI Larvotto, STI San Antonio and STI Regina.
Tsakos Energy Navigation Company Profile
Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd is a provider of international seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services. The Company operates through maritime transportation of liquid energy related products segment. The Company consists of 65 double-hull vessels, constituting a mix of crude tankers, product tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, totaling 7.2 million deadweight. Of these, 47 vessels trade in crude, 13 in products, three are shuttle tankers and two are LNG carriers. Its diversified fleet, which includes VLCC, aframax, panamax, handysize, handymax tankers, LNG carrier and DP2 shuttle tankers, allows it to serve its customers’ international petroleum product and crude oil transportation needs.
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