Ship Finance International (SFL) versus TOP SHIPS (TOPS) Head to Head Survey

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

Dividends

Ship Finance International pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.0%. TOP SHIPS does not pay a dividend. Ship Finance International pays out 117.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ship Finance International has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares TOP SHIPS and Ship Finance International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
TOP SHIPSN/AN/AN/A
Ship Finance International22.77%9.68%3.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for TOP SHIPS and Ship Finance International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
TOP SHIPS0000N/A
Ship Finance International12302.33

Ship Finance International has a consensus target price of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 24.14%. Given Ship Finance International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ship Finance International is more favorable than TOP SHIPS.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.2% of TO....

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