SEACOR Marine (SMHI) versus TOP SHIPS (TOPS) Financial Contrast

SEACOR Marine (NYSE:SMHI) and TOP SHIPS (NASDAQ:TOPS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

SEACOR Marine has a beta of 1.78, meaning that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TOP SHIPS has a beta of -0.47, meaning that its share price is 147% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

85.0% of SEACOR Marine shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of TOP SHIPS shares are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of SEACOR Marine shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for SEACOR Marine and TOP SHIPS, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEACOR Marine 0 0 0 0 N/A
TOP SHIPS 0 0 1 0 3.00

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEACOR Marine and TOP SHIPS’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEACOR Marine $253.61 million 1.10 -$77.61 million N/A N/A
TOP SHIPS $41.05 million 0.43 -$11.13 million N/A N/A

TOP SHIPS has lower revenue, but higher earnings than SEACOR Marine.


This table compares SEACOR Marine and TOP SHIPS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEACOR Marine -30.60% -11.96% -5.85%

SEACOR Marine Company Profile

SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. provides marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development, and production facilities worldwide. It operates a fleet of offshore support and specialty vessels that deliver cargo and personnel to offshore installations; handle anchors and mooring equipment required to tether rigs to the seabed; tow rigs and assist in placing them on location and moving them between regions; construction, well work-over, and decommissioning support; and carry and launch equipment used underwater in drilling and well installation, maintenance, inspection, and repair, as well as accommodations for technicians and specialists, safety support, and emergency response services. The company is headquartered in Houma, Louisiana.

TOP SHIPS Company Profile

Top Ships Inc. owns and operates tanker vessels worldwide. The company's medium range tanker vessels transport crude oil, petroleum products, and bulk liquid chemicals. As of December 31, 2017, it had a fleet of two chartered-in 49,737 deadweight ton (dwt) product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Stenaweco Energy and the M/T Stenaweco Evolution; two 39,208 dwt product/chemical tankers vessels, the M/T Eco Fleet and the M/T Eco Revolution; three 49,737 dwt product/chemical tankers, the M/T Stenaweco Excellence, M/T Nord Valiant, and M/T Stenaweco Elegance; and a 49,737 dwt product/chemical tanker vessel, the M/T Eco Holmby Hills. The company was formerly known as Top Tankers Inc. and changed its name to Top Ships Inc. in December 2007. Top Ships Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Maroussi, Greece.

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