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

Risk and Volatility

Saia has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a beta of -0.21, indicating that its share price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saia 4.12% 10.84% 6.12%
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II N/A -24.73% -3.71%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Saia and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Saia $1.29 billion 1.22 $168.48 million $2.06 30.34
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II $682.32 million 0.78 $74.48 million N/A N/A

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Saia and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saia 0 4 3 0 2.43
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II 0 0 4 0 3.00

Saia currently has a consensus price target of $50.33, suggesting a potential downside of 19.47%. Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a consensus price target of $14.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.02%. Given Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II is more favorable than Saia.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of Saia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.1% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Saia shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Saia beats Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Saia Company Profile

Saia, Inc. is a transportation company. The Company provides regional and interregional less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Company also offers a range of other value-added services, including non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services across the United States. The Company’s subsidiary Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC (Saia LTL Freight) is a LTL carrier. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight had served 34 states in the South, Southwest, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and West. Saia LTL Freight specializes in offering its customers a range of regional and interregional LTL services, including time-definite and expedited options. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight operated a network consisting of 151 owned and leased locations. The Company’s other subsidiaries include Saia TL Plus, LLC, Saia Logistics Services, LLC, Saia Sales, LLC, Saia Metrogo, LLC, LinkEx, Inc. and Saia Motor Freight Mexico, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II Company Profile

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.

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