The recent increase in dry-bulk and oil-tanker shipping rates has led to a number of public offerings in the sector, Cramer said Thursday. Too bad the interests of shareholders and management at these companies are totally in opposition.
Private ship owners and their banks right now are under some serious financial stress, so they’re forming new companies and selling them into the open market in order to raise cash. They’re hoping to capitalize on the industry’s turn up, Cramer said, but what they are really doing is “taking advantage of investors.”
Here are the three stocks that investors should avoid:
The first two came public last week, while Alma’s IPO is expected to price next week. How bad are the companies in question? Here’s a hint: Two of these so-called shippers – don’t even own any ships.
Cramer recommended that investors stick with the industry’s best of breed: Diana Shipping and Nordic American Tanker . NAT recently told shareholders that its dividend is about to go up “substantially,” Cramer said.
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