Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) is one of 28 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Vitran to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.8% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vitran N/A N/A N/A
Vitran Competitors 9.25% 13.52% 4.76%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Vitran and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran Competitors 194 1362 1854 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.66%. Given Vitran’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Vitran has a beta of 2.37, meaning that its stock price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran’s rivals have a beta of 1.53, meaning that their average stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vitran and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vitran N/A N/A -3.47
Vitran Competitors $6.64 billion $807.55 million 251.23

Vitran’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran 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

Vitran rivals beat Vitran on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

Vitran Company Profile

Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.

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