YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW) and Amerco (NASDAQ:UHAL) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for YRC Worldwide and Amerco, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
YRC Worldwide 0 2 3 0 2.60
Amerco 0 0 0 0 N/A

YRC Worldwide currently has a consensus price target of $16.33, suggesting a potential upside of 32.25%. Given YRC Worldwide’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe YRC Worldwide is more favorable than Amerco.

Volatility & Risk

YRC Worldwide has a beta of 3.77, suggesting that its share price is 277% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amerco has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares YRC Worldwide and Amerco’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
YRC Worldwide $4.80 billion 0.09 $254.10 million ($0.02) -617.19
Amerco $3.46 billion 2.20 $1.19 billion $19.27 20.11

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.3% of YRC Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.0% of Amerco shares are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of YRC Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 42.6% of Amerco 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.

Profitability

This table compares YRC Worldwide and Amerco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
YRC Worldwide N/A -0.70% 0.16%
Amerco 10.92% 12.85% 3.86%

Summary

Amerco beats YRC Worldwide on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About YRC Worldwide

YRC Worldwide Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers its customers a range of transportation services. The Company operates through two segments: YRC Freight and Regional Transportation. The Company has less-than-truckload (LTL) networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. YRC Freight segment offers a range of services for the transportation of industrial, commercial and retail goods in national, regional and international markets, primarily through the operation of owned or leased equipment in its North American ground distribution network. It provides transportation services for various categories of goods, which include apparel, appliances, automotive parts, chemicals, food, furniture, glass, machinery, metal and metal products. The Company’s Regional Transportation segment consists of USF Holland LLC (Holland), New Penn Motor Express, LLC (New Penn) and USF Reddaway Inc. (Reddaway).

About Amerco

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.

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