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High Hopes for Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP) Earnings

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP)

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP)

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP) shares are 8.5% higher in early trading on a volume over 20 times larger than the daily average. Speculation is that traders are bidding up the price of the stock in front of their Q3 earnings report, due before the market opens tomorrow, in hopes that it will be a repeat of their Q2 report that saw massive increases in net revenues compared to the same period in 2016. Net revenues for Q2 2017 were reported up 125% compared to Q2 2016 and up 38% from Q1 2017.

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP)

Dry-Bulk Shipping Rates

Also at play are higher bulk shipping rates that could lend support to such speculation. According to Seatrade Maritime News, “The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) achieved a three-year high at 1,588 last Tuesday [October 24, 2017], thanks to the rally seen among the industrial commodities.” However, interested parties should not that the article finishes with the following observation “With downtrend seen across the dry bulk rates, one wonders if the BDI can continue to push for further height again. However, the freight rates are still in the strong position currently with the support of the commodities prices rally. Perhaps, the market may see another upswing with the return of the traders from the Coaltrans conference.”

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP) is an Glyfada, Greece based shipping company that owns and operates dry bulk shipping assets. Seanergy currently owns eleven dry bulk carriers, consisting of nine Capesizes and two Supramaxes, with a combined cargo-carrying capacity of approximately 1,682,582 dwt and an average fleet age of about 8.4 years. The company operates internationally and is incorporated in the Marshall Islands with executive offices in Athens, Greece and an office in Hong Kong.

SHIP Stock Performance

From 2012 until the end of 2014, the number of outstanding SHIP shares was stable. Then in 2015 the number increased to 10.77 million, then increased in 2016 to 20.55 million. Such actions heavily dilute shareholder equity and are a likely factor with the resistance of long-term investors to embrace the stock.

Investors have also not been keen on the erratic annual sales figures. In 2012, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP) posted a sales figure of $55.6 billion. In the years that followed the annual sale figures were, in billions of $USD, $23.1, $2.0, $11.2, and $34.7.

Analysts have a consensus, one-year price target on SHIP of $2.00.

I have no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, and have no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. All information, including any data, is provided without any guarantees of accuracy.

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About the author: James Marion is a University of Houston student studying Business with a concentration in Finance. James has interned with several investment professionals and hopes to pursue a career as a professional stock analyst after graduation.

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