Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Werner Enterprises to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.1% of Werner Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 34.7% of Werner Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Werner Enterprises has a beta of 0.87, meaning that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Werner Enterprises’ competitors have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Werner Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Werner Enterprises pays out 25.5% 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 16.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Werner Enterprises and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Werner Enterprises 3.90% 7.97% 4.57%
Werner Enterprises Competitors 4.70% 9.92% 5.06%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Werner Enterprises and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Werner Enterprises 1 8 3 0 2.17
Werner Enterprises Competitors 143 684 574 28 2.34

Werner Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $30.50, indicating a potential downside of 10.43%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 19.23%. Given Werner Enterprises’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Werner Enterprises has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Werner Enterprises and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Werner Enterprises $2.05 billion $334.48 million 30.95
Werner Enterprises Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 28.39

Werner Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Werner Enterprises is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Werner Enterprises competitors beat Werner Enterprises on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Werner Enterprises

Werner Enterprises, Inc. is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. It operates through two segments: Truckload and Werner Logistics. It provides logistics services through its Werner Logistics division. As of December 31, 2016, it had a fleet of approximately 7,100 trucks, of which 6,305 were company-operated and 795 were owned and operated by independent contractors. Its Werner Logistics division operated 74 intermodal drayage trucks as of December 31, 2016. Its Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. It operates in several provinces of Canada to provide through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. Its Werner Logistic segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider and comprises four operating units: truck brokerage, freight management, the intermodal and Werner Global Logistics international.

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