Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ: ATSG) and UTi Worldwide (NASDAQ:UTIW) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Air Transport Services Group and UTi Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Air Transport Services Group 3.05% 11.82% 3.25%
UTi Worldwide -3.62% -44.47% -7.06%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Air Transport Services Group and UTi Worldwide, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Air Transport Services Group 0 2 4 0 2.67
UTi Worldwide 0 0 0 0 N/A

Air Transport Services Group presently has a consensus price target of $23.20, indicating a potential downside of 0.64%. Given Air Transport Services Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Air Transport Services Group is more favorable than UTi Worldwide.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Air Transport Services Group and UTi Worldwide’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Air Transport Services Group $829.40 million 1.68 $211.29 million $0.40 58.38
UTi Worldwide N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Air Transport Services Group has higher revenue and earnings than UTi Worldwide.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.3% of Air Transport Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Air Transport Services Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Air Transport Services Group beats UTi Worldwide on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Air Transport Services Group Company Profile

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) is a holding company. The Company provides airline operations, aircraft leases, aircraft maintenance and other support services primarily to the cargo transportation and package delivery industries. It offers aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) for specified cargo operations. Its segments include ACMI Services and CAM. Through its subsidiaries, it offers a range of complementary services to delivery companies, freight forwarders, airlines and government customers. Its leasing subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc. (CAM) leases cargo aircraft to its airlines, as well as to non-affiliated airlines and other lessees. Airborne Global Solutions, Inc. (AGS) is its subsidiary that assists the Company’s businesses in marketing plans and provides sales leads to its subsidiaries by identifying customers’ business and operational requirements. It owns two airlines, ABX Air, Inc. (ABX) and Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI).

UTi Worldwide Company Profile

UTi Worldwide Inc. is a non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company. The Company’s primary services include air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics and truckload brokerage. The Company operates through two segments: Freight Forwarding, and Contract Logistics and Distribution. The Company’s Freight Forwarding segment includes airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage and other related services. The Contract Logistics and Distribution segment includes the Company’s various operations providing contract logistics, distribution and other related services. The Company provides services through a global network of freight forwarding offices, and contract logistics and distribution centers in approximately 60 countries. The Company also provides other supply chain management services, including consulting, the coordination of purchase orders and customized management services.

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