FRP Holdings (NASDAQ: FRPH) and J.B. Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ:JBHT) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

45.5% of FRP Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.6% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.3% of FRP Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.3% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

FRP Holdings has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares FRP Holdings and J.B. Hunt Transport Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FRP Holdings 17.90% 3.40% 2.53%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services 6.32% 30.00% 11.08%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for FRP Holdings and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FRP Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
J.B. Hunt Transport Services 0 7 7 0 2.50

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a consensus price target of $98.79, indicating a potential downside of 0.31%. Given J.B. Hunt Transport Services’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe J.B. Hunt Transport Services is more favorable than FRP Holdings.

Dividends

J.B. Hunt Transport Services pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. FRP Holdings does not pay a dividend. J.B. Hunt Transport Services pays out 24.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. FRP Holdings has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FRP Holdings and J.B. Hunt Transport Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FRP Holdings $32.09 million 14.12 $21.12 million $0.68 66.62
J.B. Hunt Transport Services $6.77 billion 1.60 $1.06 billion $3.82 25.94

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has higher revenue and earnings than FRP Holdings. J.B. Hunt Transport Services is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FRP Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

J.B. Hunt Transport Services beats FRP Holdings on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FRP Holdings

FRP Holdings, Inc. is a holding company engaged in various real estate businesses. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, FRP Maryland, Inc., FRP Development Corp. and Florida Rock Properties, Inc. The segments of the Company include leasing and management of warehouse and office building owned by the Company (the Asset Management Segment), leasing and management of mining royalty land owned by the Company (the Mining Royalty Lands Segment) and real property acquisition, entitlement, development and construction primarily for warehouse and office buildings (the Land Development and Construction Segment). The Company’s Asset Management Segment owns leases and manages warehouse and office buildings. Its Mining Royalty Lands Segment owns several properties comprising approximately 15,000 acres under lease for mining rents or royalties. Its Land Development and Construction Segment owns and monitors the parcels of land that are in various stages of development.

About J.B. Hunt Transport Services

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. is a surface transportation, delivery, and logistics company in North America. The Company segments include Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) and Truck (JBT). The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides transportation and delivery services to a range of customers and consumers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The JBI segment draws on the intermodal services of rail carriers for the underlying linehaul movement of its equipment between rail ramps. Its DCS segment focuses on private fleet conversion and creation in replenishment, specialized equipment and final-mile delivery services. Its ICS segment provides traditional freight brokerage and transportation logistics solutions to customers through relationships with third-party carriers and integration. Its JBT segment offers full-load, dry-van freight, utilizing tractors operating over roads and highways.

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