Financial Contrast: Ship Finance International (SFL) and Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT)

Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) and Scorpio Bulkers (NYSE:SALT) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Ship Finance International and Scorpio Bulkers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Ship Finance International03302.50
Scorpio Bulkers02602.75

Ship Finance International presently has a consensus price target of $13.85, indicating a potential upside of 16.98%. Scorpio Bulkers has a consensus price target of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 77.57%. Given Scorpio Bulkers’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Scorpio Bulkers is more favorable than Ship Finance International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.1% of Ship Finance International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.2% of Scorpio Bulkers shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ship Finance International and Scorpio Bulkers’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

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