Safe Bulkers (NYSE:SB) vs. OceanPal (NASDAQ:OP) Head-To-Head Comparison

Safe Bulkers (NYSE:SBGet Rating) and OceanPal (NASDAQ:OPGet Rating) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.5% of Safe Bulkers shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.9% of OceanPal shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Safe Bulkers and OceanPal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Safe Bulkers 57.07% 25.61% 15.43%
OceanPal N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Safe Bulkers and OceanPal, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Safe Bulkers 0 1 0 0 2.00
OceanPal 0 0 0 0 N/A

Safe Bulkers presently has a consensus target price of $3.43, suggesting a potential upside of 18.10%. Given Safe Bulkers’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Safe Bulkers is more favorable than OceanPal.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Safe Bulkers and OceanPal’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Safe Bulkers $329.03 million 1.07 $174.35 million $1.60 1.81
OceanPal N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Safe Bulkers has higher revenue and earnings than OceanPal.


Safe Bulkers pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. OceanPal pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.0%. Safe Bulkers pays out 12.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Safe Bulkers beats OceanPal on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Safe Bulkers

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Safe Bulkers, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides marine drybulk transportation services. It owns and operates drybulk vessels for transporting bulk cargoes primarily coal, grain, and iron ore. As of March 18, 2022, the company had a fleet of 40 drybulk vessels having an average age of 10.4 years; and an aggregate carrying capacity of 3,925,500 deadweight tons. Its fleet consisted of 12 Panamax class vessels, 7 Kamsarmax class vessels, 15 post- Panamax class vessels, and 6 Capesize class vessels. Safe Bulkers, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Monaco.

About OceanPal

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OceanPal Inc. focuses on the provision of ocean-going transportation services worldwide. The company owns and operates drybulk carriers that transport major bulks, such as iron ore, coal, and grains, as well as minor bulks comprising bauxite, phosphate, and fertilizers. As of October 31, 2022, its fleet consisted of four dry bulk carriers, which include two Panamaxes and two Capesize vessels with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 496,374 deadweight tons. The company was incorporated in 2021 and is based in Athens, Greece.

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