Universal Logistics (NASDAQ: ULH) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Universal Logistics to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Universal Logistics and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Universal Logistics||$1.07 billion||$24.24 million||104.35|
|Universal Logistics Competitors||$1.88 billion||$99.34 million||37.91|
Universal Logistics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Logistics. Universal Logistics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Risk and Volatility
Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics’ peers have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Universal Logistics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Universal Logistics Competitors||9.30%||9.18%||4.91%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Universal Logistics and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Universal Logistics Competitors||94||631||594||26||2.41|
Universal Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.17%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 2.60%. Given Universal Logistics’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Universal Logistics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.5% and pay out 17.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 30.0% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Universal Logistics peers beat Universal Logistics on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
About Universal Logistics
Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc., formerly Universal Truckload Services, Inc., is an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Colombia. The Company operates through two segments: the transportation segment and the logistics segment. The Company’s operations aggregated in the transportation segment are associated with individual freight shipments coordinated by its agents, company-managed terminals and specialized services operations. The Company’s operations aggregated in the logistics segment deliver value-added services and transportation services to specific customers. Its other operating segments consist of the Company’s subsidiaries that provide support services to other subsidiaries and to owner-operators, including shop maintenance and equipment leasing. The Company groups its services into three service categories: transportation, value-added and intermodal support.
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