J.B. Hunt Transport Services (NASDAQ: JBHT) and Celadon Group (NYSE:CGI) are both transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

J.B. Hunt Transport Services has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celadon Group has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its share price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Celadon Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J.B. Hunt Transport Services 6.32% 30.00% 11.08%
Celadon Group 0.50% 1.41% 0.49%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Celadon Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J.B. Hunt Transport Services $6.77 billion 1.65 $1.06 billion $3.82 26.66
Celadon Group $1.05 billion 0.15 $83.46 million $0.20 28.25

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.6% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.3% of Celadon Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.3% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Celadon Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

J.B. Hunt Transport Services pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Celadon Group pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. J.B. Hunt Transport Services pays out 24.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Celadon Group pays out 30.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. J.B. Hunt Transport Services has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Celadon Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J.B. Hunt Transport Services 0 7 7 0 2.50
Celadon Group 0 3 5 0 2.63

J.B. Hunt Transport Services presently has a consensus target price of $98.79, indicating a potential downside of 3.00%. Celadon Group has a consensus target price of $22.60, indicating a potential upside of 300.00%. Given Celadon Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Celadon Group is more favorable than J.B. Hunt Transport Services.

Summary

J.B. Hunt Transport Services beats Celadon Group on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Celadon Group

Celadon Group, Inc. (Celadon) is a truckload freight transportation provider. The Company’s segments are asset-based, asset-light, and equipment leasing and services. Its services involve point-to-point shipping for its customers within the United States, between the United States and Mexico, and between the United States and Canada. The Company’s primary asset-based services include the United States domestic dry van, refrigerated and flatbed service; cross-border service between the United States and each of Mexico and Canada; intra-Mexico and intra-Canada service; contract service; regional and specialized short haul service, and rail intermodal service. The Company’s primary asset-light services include freight brokerage, warehousing, less-than truckload consolidation and supply chain logistics services. Celadon’s equipment leasing and services segment consists primarily of leasing activities with independent contractors and other trucking fleets.

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