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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Marten Transport and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Marten Transport $687.80 million $133.29 million 31.39
Marten Transport Competitors $1.54 billion $228.59 million 29.90

Marten Transport’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Marten Transport. Marten Transport 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Marten Transport and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marten Transport 0 2 0 0 2.00
Marten Transport Competitors 89 610 578 25 2.41

Marten Transport presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential downside of 21.67%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 5.10%. Given Marten Transport’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marten Transport has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Marten Transport and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marten Transport 4.87% 7.52% 5.06%
Marten Transport Competitors 5.01% 10.49% 5.38%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

42.4% of Marten Transport shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.5% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 23.0% of Marten Transport shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Marten Transport has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marten Transport’s competitors have a beta of 1.04, meaning that their average share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Marten Transport pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Marten Transport pays out 16.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.5% and pay out 16.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Marten Transport lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Summary

Marten Transport competitors beat Marten Transport on 13 of the 15 factors compared.

About Marten Transport

Marten Transport, Ltd. is a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier. The Company focuses on transporting and distributing food and other consumer-packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. The Company operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal and Brokerage. It operates throughout the United States and in parts of Canada and Mexico. The Company’s medium-to-long-haul traffic lanes are between the Midwest and the West Coast, Southwest, Southeast, and the East Coast, as well as from California to the Pacific Northwest. It provides regional truckload carrier services in the Southeast, West Coast, Midwest, South Central and Northeast regions. It also offers loading and unloading activities, equipment detention and other ancillary services. The Company’s Truckload segment provides a combination of regional short-haul and medium-to-long-haul full-load transportation services.

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