Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) & Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (NYSE:ULTRF) Head to Head Contrast

Ardmore Shipping (NYSE:ASC) and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) (OTCMKTS:ULTRF) are both transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Ardmore Shipping has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ardmore Shipping and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas)’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ardmore Shipping $230.04 million 0.75 -$22.86 million ($0.28) -18.57
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ardmore Shipping.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Ardmore Shipping and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ardmore Shipping 0 2 2 0 2.50
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ardmore Shipping currently has a consensus price target of $8.75, suggesting a potential upside of 68.27%. Given Ardmore Shipping’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ardmore Shipping is more favorable than Ultrapetrol (Bahamas).

Profitability

This table compares Ardmore Shipping and Ultrapetrol (Bahamas)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ardmore Shipping -9.94% -2.78% -1.17%
Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.2% 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 Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ardmore Shipping

Ardmore Shipping Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide. As of January 31, 2019, the company operated a fleet of 27 double-hulled product and chemical tankers, including 21 Eco-design and 6 Eco-mod vessels. It serves oil majors, oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Pembroke, Bermuda.

About Ultrapetrol (Bahamas)

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Europe, Central America, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. The River Business segment owns and operates dry and tanker barges, and push boats in the Hidrovia region of South America. Its dry barges transport agricultural and forestry products, iron ore, and other cargoes; and tanker barges carry petroleum products, vegetable oils, and other liquids. As of December 31, 2015, this segment had 681 barges with approximately 1.3 million dwt capacity; and 34 push boats. The Offshore Supply Business segment owns and operates vessels that provide logistical and transportation services for offshore petroleum exploration and production companies. It transports supplies, such as containerized equipment, drill casings, pipes, and heavy loads; fuel, water, drilling fluids, and bulk cement; and various other supplies to drilling rigs and platforms. This segment's fleet consisted of 13 platform supply vessels and 1 remotely operated vehicle. The Ocean Business segment owns and operates oceangoing vessels, which transports petroleum products, as well as a container line service in the Argentine cabotage trade. The company serves petroleum, agricultural, and mining companies. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Nassau, the Bahamas. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited is a subsidiary of Sparrow Capital Investments Ltd.

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