Reviewing Pyxis Tankers (PXS) & Dorian LPG (LPG)

Pyxis Tankers (NASDAQ: PXS) and Dorian LPG (NYSE:LPG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Pyxis Tankers and Dorian LPG’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pyxis Tankers $29.83 million 0.60 -$5.24 million ($0.28) -3.04
Dorian LPG $159.34 million 2.68 -$20.40 million ($0.62) -12.50

Pyxis Tankers has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Dorian LPG. Dorian LPG is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pyxis Tankers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Pyxis Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.9% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.5% of Dorian LPG shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Pyxis Tankers and Dorian LPG’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pyxis Tankers -10.23% -12.14% -4.58%
Dorian LPG -12.80% -3.42% -1.92%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Pyxis Tankers and Dorian LPG, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pyxis Tankers 0 0 2 0 3.00
Dorian LPG 0 1 1 0 2.50

Pyxis Tankers presently has a consensus target price of $2.50, indicating a potential upside of 194.08%. Given Pyxis Tankers’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Pyxis Tankers is more favorable than Dorian LPG.

Risk & Volatility

Pyxis Tankers has a beta of 3.59, meaning that its stock price is 259% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dorian LPG has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Pyxis Tankers beats Dorian LPG on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pyxis Tankers Company Profile

Pyxis Tankers Inc. operates as a maritime transportation company with a focus on the tanker sector in the United States. Its fleet transports refined petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel, kerosene, diesel, and fuel oil, as well as other liquid bulk items, including vegetable oils and organic chemicals. As of March 20, 2018, the company operated a fleet of six double hull product tankers. Pyxis Tankers Inc. was founded in 2015 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

Dorian LPG Company Profile

Dorian LPG Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its LPG tankers worldwide. It owns and operates very large gas carriers (VLGCs). As of June 26, 2018, its fleet consisted of 22 VLGCs with carrying capacity of approximately 1.8 million cubic meters. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

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