Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is one of 28 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Union Pacific Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Union Pacific Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Union Pacific Corporation 21.79% 22.70% 8.05%
Union Pacific Corporation Competitors 10.96% 15.05% 5.35%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Union Pacific Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Union Pacific Corporation 1 13 3 0 2.12
Union Pacific Corporation Competitors 184 1309 1816 71 2.52

Union Pacific Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $114.80, suggesting a potential upside of 1.68%. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.40%. Given Union Pacific Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Union Pacific Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Union Pacific Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Union Pacific Corporation pays out 43.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Union Pacific Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Union Pacific Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Union Pacific Corporation $20.72 billion $9.80 billion 20.45
Union Pacific Corporation Competitors $5.92 billion $1.74 billion -4.43

Union Pacific Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Union Pacific Corporation 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 & Insider Ownership

78.4% of Union Pacific Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.3% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Union Pacific Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Union Pacific Corporation has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Union Pacific Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.38, meaning that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Union Pacific Corporation beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Union Pacific Corporation

Union Pacific Corporation is a railroad operating company in the United States. The Company operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UPRR). Its business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Its freight traffic consists of bulk, manifest, and premium business. Bulk traffic primarily consists of coal, grain, soda ash, ethanol, rock and crude oil shipped in unit trains-trains transporting a single commodity from one origin to one destination. Manifest traffic includes individual carload or less than train-load business involving commodities, such as lumber, paper, food and chemicals. The transportation of finished vehicles, auto parts, intermodal containers and truck trailers are included as part of its premium business. As of December 31, 2016, its network included 32,070 route miles, linking Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and Eastern United States gateways.

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