Landstar System (NASDAQ: LSTR) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Landstar System to similar businesses based off the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Landstar System pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 16.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Landstar System has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landstar System’s peers have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of Landstar System shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Landstar System shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Landstar System and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%
Landstar System Competitors 4.99% 9.07% 5.20%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Landstar System and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Landstar System 2 4 3 0 2.11
Landstar System Competitors 142 684 572 27 2.34

Landstar System presently has a consensus target price of $86.14, suggesting a potential downside of 9.08%. All “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 20.71%. Given Landstar System’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Landstar System has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Landstar System and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Landstar System $3.33 billion $271.70 million 27.38
Landstar System Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 29.38

Landstar System has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Landstar System is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Landstar System peers beat Landstar System on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Landstar System Company Profile

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

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