Universal Logistics Holdings (NYSE: ULH) and USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.9% of USA Truck shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of USA Truck shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and USA Truck’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics Holdings 0.90% 7.26% 1.86%
USA Truck -2.94% -20.68% -4.09%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and USA Truck’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
USA Truck $429.10 million 0.28 -$7.69 million ($1.53) -9.45

Universal Logistics Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than USA Truck.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Universal Logistics Holdings and USA Truck, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics Holdings 0 2 1 0 2.33
USA Truck 0 1 2 0 2.67

Universal Logistics Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.55%. USA Truck has a consensus price target of $10.75, indicating a potential downside of 25.66%. Given Universal Logistics Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics Holdings is more favorable than USA Truck.

Summary

USA Truck beats Universal Logistics Holdings on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Universal Logistics Holdings Company Profile

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc., formerly Universal Truckload Services, Inc., is an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Colombia. The Company operates through two segments: the transportation segment and the logistics segment. The Company’s operations aggregated in the transportation segment are associated with individual freight shipments coordinated by its agents, company-managed terminals and specialized services operations. The Company’s operations aggregated in the logistics segment deliver value-added services and transportation services to specific customers. Its other operating segments consist of the Company’s subsidiaries that provide support services to other subsidiaries and to owner-operators, including shop maintenance and equipment leasing. The Company groups its services into three service categories: transportation, value-added and intermodal support.

USA Truck Company Profile

USA Truck, Inc. is a truckload carrier providing transportation of general commodities throughout the continental United States and into and out of portions of Mexico and Canada. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Strategic Capacity Solutions (SCS). The Trucking segment consists of truckload and dedicated freight services. The SCS segment consists of freight brokerage and rail intermodal services. The Company transports full dry van trailer loads of freight from origin to destination without intermediate stops or handling. The Company offers a range of truckload and logistics services to a customer base that spans a range of industries. The Company’s fleet of approximately 1,832 tractors consists of 1,568 company tractors and 264 independent contractor tractors. The Company owns approximately 6,200 trailers. The Company also transports general commodities into and out of Mexico by allowing through-trailer service from its terminal in Laredo, Texas.

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