Reviewing Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) & Safe Bulkers (SB)

Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE: OSG) and Safe Bulkers (NYSE:SB) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Overseas Shipholding Group and Safe Bulkers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Overseas Shipholding Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Safe Bulkers 1 3 1 0 2.00

Safe Bulkers has a consensus price target of $3.60, suggesting a potential upside of 14.65%. Given Safe Bulkers’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Safe Bulkers is more favorable than Overseas Shipholding Group.


This table compares Overseas Shipholding Group and Safe Bulkers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Overseas Shipholding Group 14.34% 20.19% 5.73%
Safe Bulkers 3.26% 16.52% 7.76%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.0% of Overseas Shipholding Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.4% of Safe Bulkers shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Overseas Shipholding Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Overseas Shipholding Group and Safe Bulkers’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Overseas Shipholding Group $390.43 million 0.65 $55.97 million N/A N/A
Safe Bulkers $148.03 million 2.15 -$84.67 million ($0.16) -19.63

Overseas Shipholding Group has higher revenue and earnings than Safe Bulkers.

Volatility & Risk

Overseas Shipholding Group has a beta of 0.07, suggesting that its share price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safe Bulkers has a beta of 1.94, suggesting that its share price is 94% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Overseas Shipholding Group beats Safe Bulkers on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Overseas Shipholding Group Company Profile

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of oceangoing vessels engaged in the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products in the United States. At December 31, 2017, the company owned or operated a fleet of 23 vessels totaling an aggregate of approximately 1 million deadweight tons. It serves independent oil traders, refinery operators, and U.S. and international government entities. Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

Safe Bulkers Company Profile

Safe Bulkers, Inc. provides marine drybulk transportation services worldwide. It is involved in the acquisition, ownership, and operation of drybulk vessels for transporting bulk cargoes primarily coal, grain, and iron ore. As of February 9, 2018, the company had a fleet of 39 drybulk vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of 3,513,800 deadweight tons. Its fleet consisted of 14 Panamax class vessels, 9 Kamsarmax class vessels, 13 Post-Panamax class vessels, and 3 Capesize class vessels. Safe Bulkers, Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Monaco.

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