Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drybulk shipper Paragon Shipping (NASDAQ:PRGN) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Paragon's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Paragon facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Voula, Greece (2006)

Market Cap

$243 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$160 million


Founder/CEO Michael Bodouroglou
CFO Christopher Thomas

Return on Equity (Average, Past 2 Years)


Cash / Debt

$136 million / $333 million

Dividend Yield



Navios Maritime (NYSE:NM)

CAPS Members Bullish on PRGN Also Bullish on

Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX)
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CAPS Members Bearish on PRGN Also Bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96.8% of the 677 members who have rated Paragon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include surreylein and All-Star fringefan, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

In December, surreylein tapped Paragon as a model of excellence:

A young shipping company that is aggressive in its growth plan, but that knows how to lock up long term contracts on its ships. Its fleet is relatively young so there should be few maintenance problems. The dividend doesn't hurt, the P/B ratio is below one and the P/S ratio is just above one. Once the economy starts to loosen up again, this one could fly.

In a pitch from the next day, fringefan elaborates:

The whole drybulk sector is behind the curve and has not had the rally seen in most other industries. In a global economy shipping is the most cost effective way to move goods over the world's oceans and to me, it is the same as Buffett buying a rail line. Paragon might not be [Diana Shipping] which I consider the best in drybulk but they are one of the best small up coming drybulk companies in the industry with a solid management team. It is hard to have a global recovery and not have the shippers participate so until that run comes, I will wait it out and collect my dividend on a $5 stock.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.