Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas shipper Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Tsakos facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Athens, Greece (1993)

Market Cap

$485.2 million


Oil and gas storage and transportation

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$402.5 million


President/CEO Nikolas Tsakos (since 1993)

CFO Paul Durham (since 2000)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Current Assets/Long-Term Debt

$337.5 million / $1.39 billion

Dividend Yield



Frontline (NYSE: FRO)

Kirby (NYSE: KEX)

Teekay (NYSE: TK)

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

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 797 members who have rated Tsakos believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Josephcam82 and tjbellandi.

Earlier this year, Josephcam82 tapped Tsakos as an attractive long-term turnaround play:

Seems it will come through all the debt crises and shipper issues all right. Holds steady just below $10 and some day will go back to its old price level -- $20-30. Hold 5 years and you'll likely have a tidy cap gain and consistent div. along the way, I believe.

Currently, Tsakos even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 10. That represents a discount to other oil shippers like Frontline (19.8), Kirby (16.1), and Teekay (34.2).

CAPS member tjbellandi elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

… eroded by turmoil in the oil shipping industry. They have significant forward booking of their vessels into FY12. Freight rates are going up, but they need to cut costs to take full advantage of it. Demand will continue to increase for oil and gas. Competing against short haul and pipelines. Lots of cash, so acquisitions are possible.

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