Covenant Transportation Group (NASDAQ: CVTI) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Covenant Transportation Group to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Covenant Transportation Group and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Covenant Transportation Group $678.55 million $97.66 million 46.75
Covenant Transportation Group Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -6.63

Covenant Transportation Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Covenant Transportation Group. Covenant Transportation Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.1% of Covenant Transportation Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 35.2% of Covenant Transportation Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Covenant Transportation Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Covenant Transportation Group 1.60% 4.65% 1.77%
Covenant Transportation Group Competitors 10.86% 15.03% 5.33%

Risk & Volatility

Covenant Transportation Group has a beta of 1.68, indicating that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Covenant Transportation Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.38, indicating that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Covenant Transportation Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Covenant Transportation Group 0 2 2 0 2.50
Covenant Transportation Group Competitors 231 1394 1832 72 2.49

Covenant Transportation Group presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential downside of 18.00%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.77%. Given Covenant Transportation Group’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Covenant Transportation Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Covenant Transportation Group rivals beat Covenant Transportation Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Covenant Transportation Group

Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. is a provider of expedited long haul freight transportation, primarily using two-person driver teams in transcontinental lanes. The Company’s services also include refrigerated, dedicated, cross-border, regional and brokerage. The Company’s segments include Truckload and Other. The Truckload segment includes the operations of Covenant Transport, Inc. (Covenant Transport), its flagship operation, which provides expedited long haul, dedicated, temperature-controlled and regional solo-driver service; Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc. (SRT), which provides primarily long haul, regional, dedicated and intermodal temperature-controlled service, and Star Transportation, Inc. (Star), which provides regional solo-driver and dedicated services, primarily in the southeastern United States. The Company provides truckload transportation services throughout the continental United States, into and out of Mexico, and into and out of portions of Canada.

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