Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Transportation industry included Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 7.9%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 2.5%, Box Ships ( TEU), down 2.9%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 16.2% and Diana Containerships ( DCIX), down 12.4%. TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today: Box Ships ( TEU) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Box Ships was down $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 362,656 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 258,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.46-$1.56 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.53. Box Ships Inc., a shipping company, is engaged in the seaborne transportation of containers worldwide. As of December 31, 2013, it had a fleet of 9 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 43,925 twenty-foot equivalent units. Box Ships has a market cap of $37.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 53.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings rates Box Ships as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TEU go as follows:
- The gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC is currently very high, coming in at 71.17%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 17.85% is above that of the industry average.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Marine industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 5.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2.87 million to $3.02 million.
- Looking at the price performance of TEU's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 67.55%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
- BOX SHIPS INC's earnings per share declined by 9.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, BOX SHIPS INC reported lower earnings of $0.46 versus $0.58 in the prior year.
- The gross profit margin for SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.47%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 20.22% trails the industry average.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- SINO, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 61.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
- SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA continued to lose money by earning -$0.39 versus -$0.61 in the prior year.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Transportation Infrastructure industry. The net income increased by 271.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.29 million to $0.50 million.