Reviewing Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ:PXS) and Ship Finance International (SFL)

Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ:PXS) and Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Dividends

Ship Finance International pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. Pyxis Tankers does not pay a dividend. Ship Finance International pays out 135.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ship Finance International has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and Ship Finance International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pyxis Tankers -28.86% -22.92% -8.49%
Ship Finance International 17.58% 8.92% 3.12%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.4% of Pyxis Tankers shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.5% of Ship Finance International shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and Ship Finance International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pyxis Tankers $28.46 million 0.87 -$8.21 million ($0.49) -2.43
Ship Finance International $418.71 million 3.72 $73.62 million $1.03 12.66

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

Volatility & Risk

Pyxis Tankers has a beta of -1.15, indicating that its stock price is 215% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ship Finance International has a beta of 1.4, indicating that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Pyxis Tankers and Ship Finance International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pyxis Tankers 0 0 2 0 3.00
Ship Finance International 0 2 4 0 2.67

Pyxis Tankers currently has a consensus price target of $2.25, suggesting a potential upside of 89.08%. Ship Finance International has a consensus price target of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 9.92%. Given Pyxis Tankers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Pyxis Tankers is more favorable than Ship Finance International.

Summary

Ship Finance International beats Pyxis Tankers on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pyxis Tankers

Pyxis Tankers Inc. operates as a maritime transportation company with a focus on the tanker sector in the United States. Its fleet transports refined petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel, and fuel oil, as well as other liquid bulk items, including vegetable oils and organic chemicals. As of March 20, 2018, the company operated a fleet of six double hull product tankers. Pyxis Tankers Inc. was founded in 2015 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

About Ship Finance International

Ship Finance International Limited owns and operates vessels and offshore related assets primarily in Bermuda, Cyprus, Malta, Liberia, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the Marshall Islands. It is also involved in the charter, purchase, and sale of assets. In addition, the company operates in various sectors of the shipping and offshore industry, including oil transportation, dry bulk shipments, chemical transportation, oil product transportation, container transportation, car transportation, drilling rigs, and offshore support vessels. As of February 26, 2019, it had a fleet of approximately 80 vessels, including tankers, bulkers, container vessels, and offshore assets. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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