Head to Head Comparison: Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (ULTRF) & Global Ship Lease (NYSE:GSL)

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (OTCMKTS:ULTRF) and Global Ship Lease (NYSE:GSL) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.


This table compares Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and Global Ship Lease’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A
Global Ship Lease -28.19% 7.52% 2.29%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and Global Ship Lease’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Global Ship Lease $157.10 million 0.41 -$57.36 million N/A N/A

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Global Ship Lease.

Volatility & Risk

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has a beta of 1.82, meaning that its share price is 82% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Ship Lease has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) and Global Ship Lease, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) 0 0 0 0 N/A
Global Ship Lease 0 0 1 0 3.00

Global Ship Lease has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.04%. Given Global Ship Lease’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Global Ship Lease is more favorable than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.0% of Global Ship Lease shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Global Ship Lease beats Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Company Profile

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Europe, Central America, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. The River Business segment owns and operates dry and tanker barges, and push boats in the Hidrovia region of South America. Its dry barges transport agricultural and forestry products, iron ore, and other cargoes; and tanker barges carry petroleum products, vegetable oils, and other liquids. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had 681 barges with approximately 1.3 million dwt capacity; and 34 push boats. The Offshore Supply Business segment owns and operates vessels that provide logistical and transportation services for offshore petroleum exploration and production companies. It transports supplies, such as containerized equipment, drill casings, pipes, and heavy loads; fuel, water, drilling fluids, and bulk cement; and various other supplies to drilling rigs and platforms. This segment's fleet consisted of 13 platform supply vessels and 1 remotely operated vehicle. The Ocean Business segment owns and operates oceangoing vessels, which transports petroleum products, as well as a container line service in the Argentine cabotage trade. The company serves petroleum, agricultural, and mining companies. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Nassau, the Bahamas. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited is a subsidiary of Sparrow Capital Investments Ltd.

Global Ship Lease Company Profile

Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and charters containerships of various sizes under long-term fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of December 31, 2017, it owned 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 twenty-foot equivalent units. The company is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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