Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) versus Box Ships (NYSE:TEUFF) Financial Review

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Box Ships (OTCMKTS:TEUFF) and Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

36.8% of Scorpio Bulkers shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Box Ships and Scorpio Bulkers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Box Ships 0 0 0 0 N/A
Scorpio Bulkers 0 1 5 0 2.83

Scorpio Bulkers has a consensus price target of $9.33, suggesting a potential upside of 116.05%. Given Scorpio Bulkers’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Scorpio Bulkers is more favorable than Box Ships.

Dividends

Scorpio Bulkers pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Box Ships does not pay a dividend. Scorpio Bulkers pays out -266.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Box Ships and Scorpio Bulkers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Box Ships N/A N/A N/A
Scorpio Bulkers -4.36% 0.92% 0.48%

Volatility & Risk

Box Ships has a beta of -1.7, meaning that its share price is 270% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Scorpio Bulkers has a beta of 2.34, meaning that its share price is 134% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Box Ships and Scorpio Bulkers’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Box Ships $17.49 million 0.01 -$226.62 million N/A N/A
Scorpio Bulkers $242.50 million 1.27 -$12.70 million ($0.03) -144.00

Scorpio Bulkers has higher revenue and earnings than Box Ships.

Summary

Scorpio Bulkers beats Box Ships on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Box Ships Company Profile

Box Ships Inc. provides commercial management services to shipping companies worldwide. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Voula, Greece.

Scorpio Bulkers Company Profile

Scorpio Bulkers Inc., a shipping company, owns and operates dry bulk carriers worldwide. Its vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains, and fertilizers. The company owns and operates 55 vessels, including 54 wholly-owned or finance leased drybulk vessels comprising 17 Kamsarmax vessels and 37 Ultramax vessels; and 1 time chartered-in Ultramax vessel. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. was founded in 2013 and is based in Monaco.

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