Amerco (NASDAQ: UHAL) and Hub Group (NASDAQ:HUBG) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.2% of Amerco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.7% of Hub Group shares are held by institutional investors. 52.0% of Amerco shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of Hub Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Amerco and Hub Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amerco 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hub Group 1 3 3 0 2.29

Amerco currently has a consensus target price of $405.00, indicating a potential upside of 9.58%. Hub Group has a consensus target price of $41.80, indicating a potential upside of 6.09%. Given Amerco’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Amerco is more favorable than Hub Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Amerco and Hub Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amerco $3.42 billion 2.12 $1.20 billion $20.34 18.17
Hub Group $3.66 billion 0.37 $159.76 million $2.01 19.60

Amerco has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Hub Group. Amerco is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hub Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Amerco and Hub Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amerco 11.64% 14.02% 4.23%
Hub Group 1.84% 11.09% 5.21%

Volatility and Risk

Amerco has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hub Group has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Amerco beats Hub Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Amerco Company Profile

AMERCO is a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator through its subsidiary, U-Haul International, Inc. (U-Haul). The Company supplies its products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods through U-Haul. It sells U-Haul brand boxes, tape, and other moving and self-storage products and services to do-it-yourself moving and storage customers at its distribution outlets and through uhaul.com and eMove Websites. The Company operates through three segments: Moving and Storage; Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Moving and Storage segment includes the operations of AMERCO, U-Haul and Amerco Real Estate Company, and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment consists of the operations of Repwest Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, and ARCOA Risk Retention Group. The Life Insurance segment consists of the operations of Oxford Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries.

Hub Group Company Profile

Hub Group, Inc. is an asset-light freight transportation management company. The Company offers intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services. It operates through two business segments: Mode and Hub. The Mode segment markets and operates its freight transportation services, consisting of intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics, primarily through agents entering into contractual arrangements with Mode Transportation, LLC (Mode LLC). The Mode segment also operates a temperature protected services division. The Hub segment provides intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services through a network of operating centers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Hub segment services customers in a range of industries, including consumer products, retail and durable goods. It operates through a network of operating centers and independent business owners. The Company also provides drayage services with its own drayage operations.

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