Financial Comparison: Golar LNG Partners (GMLP) & Nordic American Tanker (NAT)

Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ: GMLP) and Nordic American Tanker (NYSE:NAT) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Golar LNG Partners and Nordic American Tanker, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golar LNG Partners 0 2 4 0 2.67
Nordic American Tanker 2 4 1 0 1.86



Golar LNG Partners presently has a consensus price target of $23.60, indicating a potential upside of 21.46%. Nordic American Tanker has a consensus price target of $2.75, indicating a potential upside of 32.21%. Given Nordic American Tanker’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Nordic American Tanker is more favorable than Golar LNG Partners.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.9% of Golar LNG Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.8% of Nordic American Tanker shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and Nordic American Tanker’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golar LNG Partners $433.10 million 3.13 $129.28 million $1.88 10.34
Nordic American Tanker $154.68 million 1.91 -$75.50 million ($0.71) -2.93

Golar LNG Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Nordic American Tanker. Nordic American Tanker is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Golar LNG Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and Nordic American Tanker’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golar LNG Partners 29.85% 17.99% 5.43%
Nordic American Tanker -48.82% -9.01% -5.72%

Dividends

Golar LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.9%. Nordic American Tanker pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Golar LNG Partners pays out 122.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Nordic American Tanker pays out -16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Golar LNG Partners has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nordic American Tanker has a beta of 0.71, indicating that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Golar LNG Partners beats Nordic American Tanker on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Golar LNG Partners

Golar LNG Partners LP engages in the logistics solutions. Its activities include owning, trading, and operation of floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) and liquefied natural gas ( LNG) marine transportation. The company was founded on September 24, 2007 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About Nordic American Tanker

Nordic American Tankers Limited, a tanker company, engages in acquiring and chartering double-hull tankers worldwide. It operates a fleet of 33 Suezmax crude oil tankers. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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