Reviewing Imperial Petroleum (NASDAQ:IMPP) & Scorpio Tankers (NYSE:STNG)

Scorpio Tankers (NYSE:STNGGet Rating) and Imperial Petroleum (NASDAQ:IMPPGet Rating) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Scorpio Tankers and Imperial Petroleum, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scorpio Tankers 1 0 4 0 2.60
Imperial Petroleum 0 0 0 0 N/A

Scorpio Tankers currently has a consensus target price of $22.25, suggesting a potential upside of 3.54%. Given Scorpio Tankers’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Scorpio Tankers is more favorable than Imperial Petroleum.

Profitability

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and Imperial Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scorpio Tankers -43.35% -11.88% -4.47%
Imperial Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Scorpio Tankers and Imperial Petroleum’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scorpio Tankers $540.79 million 2.32 -$234.43 million ($4.29) -5.01
Imperial Petroleum $17.36 million 4.31 N/A N/A N/A

Imperial Petroleum has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Scorpio Tankers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.9% of Scorpio Tankers shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Scorpio Tankers Company Profile (Get Rating)

Scorpio Tankers Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products in the shipping markets worldwide. As of March 18, 2022, the company's fleet consisted of 124 owned, finance leased, or bareboat chartered-in tankers, including 42 LR2, 6 LR1, 62 MR, and 14 Handymax with a weighted average age of approximately 6.2 years. Scorpio Tankers Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Monaco.

Imperial Petroleum Company Profile (Get Rating)

Imperial Petroleum Inc. provides international seaborne transportation services to oil producers, refineries, and commodities traders. It carries refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and jet fuel, as well as edible oils and chemicals; and crude oils. As of March 8, 2022, the company owned three medium range refined petroleum product tankers and one Aframax crude oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons. The company was incorporated in 2021 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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