Head-To-Head Survey: Ardmore Shipping (ASC) versus Diana Containerships (DCIX)

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

Volatility & Risk

Diana Containerships has a beta of 2.76, meaning that its stock price is 176% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ardmore Shipping has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Diana Containerships and Ardmore Shipping’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Diana Containerships $33.19 million 0.40 -$149.01 million $4,487.38 0.00
Ardmore Shipping $164.40 million 1.43 $3.74 million ($0.37) -18.92

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Diana Containerships 55.69% -26.32% -11.21%
Ardmore Shipping -6.45% -3.08% -1.41%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Diana Containerships and Ardmore Shipping, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Diana Containerships 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ardmore Shipping 0 1 4 0 2.80

Ardmore Shipping has a consensus target price of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 50.00%. Given Ardmore Shipping’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ardmore Shipping is more favorable than Diana Containerships.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.1% of Diana Containerships shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.5% 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Ardmore Shipping beats Diana Containerships on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Diana Containerships Company Profile

Diana Containerships Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership of containerships. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of six panamax and six post-panamax containerships with a combined carrying capacity of 61,517 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet included SAGITTA, CENTAURUS, NEW JERSEY, PAMINA, DOMINGO, DOUKATO, PUELO, PUCON, MARCH, GREAT and HAMBURG. The Company’s customers include national, regional and international companies. The Company charters its vessels to customers primarily pursuant to short-term and long-term time charters. As of December 31, 2016, its subsidiaries included Likiep Shipping Company Inc., Orangina Inc., Rongerik Shipping Company Inc., Dud Shipping Company Inc., Mago Shipping Company Inc., Eluk Shipping Company Inc., Oruk Shipping Company Inc., Meck Shipping Company Inc., Langor Shipping Company Inc. and Unitized Ocean Transport Limited.

Ardmore Shipping Company Profile

Ardmore Shipping Corporation provides seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals to national oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies, with its fleet of mid-size product and chemical tankers. The Company’s segment relates to the operations of its vessels. The Company’s fleet consists of over 20 double-hulled product and chemical tankers, all of which are in operation. The Company’s vessels include Ardmore Seavaliant, Ardmore Seaventure, Ardmore Seavantage, Ardmore Seavanguard, Ardmore Sealion, Ardmore Seafox, Ardmore Seahawk, Ardmore Endeavour, Ardmore Seafarer, Ardmore Seatrader, Ardmore Seamaster and Ardmore Sealeader. The Company has over 30 subsidiaries, the majority of which represent single ship-owning companies for its fleet. Its subsidiaries include Ardmore Shipping (Bermuda) Limited (ASBL), Ardmore Shipping Services (Ireland) Limited (ASSIL), Ardmore Shipping (Asia) Pte. Limited and Ardmore Shipping (Americas) LLC.

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