USA Truck (NASDAQ: USAK) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare USA Truck to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares USA Truck and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Truck -2.94% -20.68% -4.09%
USA Truck Competitors 4.92% 10.34% 5.32%

Volatility & Risk

USA Truck has a beta of 2.45, indicating that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Truck’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, indicating that their average share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for USA Truck and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Truck 0 1 2 0 2.67
USA Truck Competitors 92 619 579 25 2.41

USA Truck currently has a consensus target price of $10.75, suggesting a potential downside of 25.66%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 5.31%. Given USA Truck’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe USA Truck has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

52.9% of USA Truck shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of USA Truck 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares USA Truck and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Truck $429.10 million -$7.69 million -9.45
USA Truck Competitors $1.95 billion $105.60 million 30.29

USA Truck’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than USA Truck. USA Truck is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

USA Truck rivals beat USA Truck on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About USA Truck

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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