5 Biggest Oil Tanker Companies

STNG, FRO, and TK lead the 5 biggest oil tanker companies list

Oil tanker companies specialize in transporting and storing crude oil and refined products. The business involves firms that own, operate, or lease various oil tankers and facilities. Crude tankers transport bulk volumes of unrefined crude oil from oil extraction facilities to oil refineries, while product tankers carry refined products to facilities where they will be sold to end consumers, and replenishment oilers are used to refuel ships at sea.

These are the five biggest oil tanker companies by 12-month trailing (TTM) revenue. Some companies outside the U.S. report profits semi-annually instead of quarterly, so the 12-month trailing data may be older than it is for companies that report quarterly. This list is limited to publicly traded companies in the U.S. and Canada, either directly or through ADRs. Data is courtesy of YCharts.com. All figures are as of Dec. 15, 2022.

#1 Scorpio Tankers Inc. (STNG)

  • Revenue (TTM): $1.22 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $326.85 million
  • Market Cap: $3.16 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Scorpio Tankers is a Monaco-based shipping company that went public in 2010. It provides marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. The company operates through four segments that represent different types of ships.

Scorpio has more than 100 vessels and anticipates growth over the next several years as it works to reduce its long-term debts and forecasts significant earnings potential and operating leverage.

#2 Frontline Plc. (FRO)

  • Revenue (TTM): $1.11 billion
  • Net Income (TTM): $252.47 million
  • Market Cap: $3.02 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Frontline is a Cyprus-based international shipping company that owns and operates oil and product tankers. The company also provides seaborne transportation of crude oil and oil products. Frontline was created through a series of significant restructurings, mergers, and acquisitions in the past decade.

It officially merged with Euronav in December 2022, redomiciling its headquarters in Cyprus and changing to Frontline Plc. It has 23 very large crude carriers (VLCCs), 29 Suezmax carriers, and 20 Aframax carriers. The company anticipates negative growth due to a low orderbook for its tankers and the oil tanker industry in general.

#3 Teekay Corp. (TK)

  • Revenue (TTM): $993.19 million
  • Net Income (TTM): $21.91 million
  • Market Cap: $447.79 million
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Teekay is a Canada-based investment holding company that provides international crude oil and gas marine transportation services. It also offers offshore oil production, storage, and offloading services under both long-term and fixed-rate contracts. Two of its subsidiaries, Teekay Tankers Ltd. (TNK) and Teekay LNG Partners LP (TGP), trade separately under their own tickers. However, Teekay's revenue and market cap figures cited above include these two subsidiaries.

Teekay leadership has a strong outlook on the tanker market and its position. Nearly all of its tankers trade in the spot market, so it believes it has enough operating leverage and a strong market to operate in.

#4 Tsakos Energy Navigation LTD (TNP)

  • Revenue (TTM): $729.27 million
  • Net Income (TTM): $1.19 million
  • Market Cap: $490.72 million
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (referred to as TEN Ltd. by the company) is headquartered in Hellas, Greece, and has been operating in the industry for 29 years. It has a fleet of more than 70 crude, product, liquid natural gas, and shuttle tankers.

TEN is considering upgrading some of its tankers to more modern vessels while continuing to expand into specialized tanker sectors such as shuttles and LNG. The company expects the tanker market to be set through at least 2026 due to tight yard capacity, low orders, and favorable market conditions.

#5 SFL Corp Ltd (SFL)

  • Revenue (TTM): $624.63 million
  • Net Income (TTM): $234.43 million
  • Market Cap: $1.28 billion
  • Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

SFL Corporation Ltd is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. It is a multi-industry shipper with 18 crude oil, product, and chemical tankers and one sea drill. It also has dozens of car carriers, container ships, and bulk freighters. The company's tankers are all backlogged, some until the fourth quarter of 2028, indicating it will be busy for the next several years.

SFL has paid dividends for 75 consecutive quarters and anticipates long-term success based on its vessel backlog and its plans to acquire four more tankers in the next several years.

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