StealthGas (GASS) & Ardmore Shipping (ASC) Head to Head Analysis

StealthGas (NASDAQ: GASS) and Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares StealthGas and Ardmore Shipping’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
StealthGas $154.31 million 1.04 -$1.22 million $0.14 28.86
Ardmore Shipping $195.93 million 1.37 -$12.49 million ($0.37) -21.62

StealthGas has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ardmore Shipping. Ardmore Shipping is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than StealthGas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for StealthGas and Ardmore Shipping, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StealthGas 0 0 1 0 3.00
Ardmore Shipping 0 1 4 0 2.80

StealthGas presently has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 73.27%. Ardmore Shipping has a consensus target price of $10.60, indicating a potential upside of 32.50%. Given StealthGas’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe StealthGas is more favorable than Ardmore Shipping.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.0% of StealthGas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.1% of Ardmore Shipping shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares StealthGas and Ardmore Shipping’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StealthGas -0.79% 0.93% 0.53%
Ardmore Shipping -6.37% -3.16% -1.45%

Volatility and Risk

StealthGas has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ardmore Shipping has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

StealthGas beats Ardmore Shipping on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

StealthGas Company Profile

StealthGas Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne transportation services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) producers and users worldwide. It also provides crude oil and product carriers chartered to oil producers, refiners, and commodities traders. The company carries various petroleum gas products in liquefied form, including propane, butane, butadiene, isopropane, propylene, and vinyl chloride monomer; refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals; and crude oil. As of April 1, 2017, it had a fleet of 51 LPG carriers. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Athens, Greece.

Ardmore Shipping Company Profile

Ardmore Shipping Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals through product and chemical tankers worldwide. As of December 31, 2016, the company operated 27 vessels. It serves oil majors, oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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