Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: DSKE) and FRP Holdings (NASDAQ:FRPH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a beta of -0.21, meaning that its stock price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FRP Holdings has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and FRP Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II N/A -24.73% -3.71%
FRP Holdings 17.90% 3.40% 2.53%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and FRP Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II $682.32 million 0.87 $74.48 million N/A N/A
FRP Holdings $32.09 million 13.92 $21.12 million $0.68 65.66

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has higher revenue and earnings than FRP Holdings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and FRP Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II 0 0 4 0 3.00
FRP Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II currently has a consensus price target of $14.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.62%. Given Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II is more favorable than FRP Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.1% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.5% of FRP Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.3% of FRP Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

FRP Holdings beats Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II

Daseke, Inc. is a consolidator of the open deck freight market in North America. The Company provides open deck transportation and logistics. It operates through two segments: Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The Flatbed Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally require the use of flatbed and retractable-sided transportation equipment. The Specialized Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally include heavy haul, high-value customized, over-dimensional, step deck and removable gooseneck trailer solutions. The Company, as of September 5, 2017, had a fleet of over 3,800 trucks and over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailer. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About FRP Holdings

FRP Holdings, Inc. is a holding company engaged in various real estate businesses. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, FRP Maryland, Inc., FRP Development Corp. and Florida Rock Properties, Inc. The segments of the Company include leasing and management of warehouse and office building owned by the Company (the Asset Management Segment), leasing and management of mining royalty land owned by the Company (the Mining Royalty Lands Segment) and real property acquisition, entitlement, development and construction primarily for warehouse and office buildings (the Land Development and Construction Segment). The Company’s Asset Management Segment owns leases and manages warehouse and office buildings. Its Mining Royalty Lands Segment owns several properties comprising approximately 15,000 acres under lease for mining rents or royalties. Its Land Development and Construction Segment owns and monitors the parcels of land that are in various stages of development.

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