Reviewing Paragon Shipping (PRGNF) and DryShips (DRYS)

Paragon Shipping (OTCMKTS:PRGNF) and DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Paragon Shipping and DryShips, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Paragon Shipping 0 0 0 0 N/A
DryShips 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

Paragon Shipping has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DryShips has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.9% of DryShips 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.

Dividends

DryShips pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Paragon Shipping does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Paragon Shipping and DryShips’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Paragon Shipping N/A N/A N/A
DryShips 0.39% -2.27% -1.56%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Paragon Shipping and DryShips’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Paragon Shipping $1.98 million 0.00 $23.78 million N/A N/A
DryShips $100.72 million 4.88 -$42.54 million N/A N/A

Paragon Shipping has higher earnings, but lower revenue than DryShips.

Summary

DryShips beats Paragon Shipping on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Paragon Shipping Company Profile

Paragon Shipping Inc. provides shipping transportation services worldwide. It engages in the ocean transportation of drybulk cargoes, including commodities, such as iron ore, coal, grain, and other materials. Paragon Shipping Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Voula, Greece.

DryShips Company Profile

DryShips Inc. owns and operates ocean going cargo vessels worldwide. It operates through four segments: Drybulk Carrier, Tanker, Gas Carrier, and Offshore Support. The Drybulk Carrier segment offers drybulk commodities transportation services for the steel, electric utility, construction, and agri-food industries. The Tanker segment provides transportation services for crude and refined petroleum cargoes. The Gas Carrier segment offers transportation services for liquefied gas cargoes. The Offshore Support segment provides offshore support services to the global offshore energy industry. As of May 29, 2018, the company operated a fleet of 34 vessels, including 11 Panamax drybulk vessels; 4 Newcastlemax drybulk vessels; 5 Kamsarmax drybulk vessels; 1 very large crude carrier; 2 Aframax tankers; 1 Suezmax tanker; 4 very large gas carriers; and 6 offshore support vessels, comprising 2 platform supply and 4 oil spill recovery vessels. DryShips Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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