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

Profitability

This table compares Vitran and its peers’ 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%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vitran and its peers revenue, earnings per share 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 peers have higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider 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 insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Vitran and its peers, 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 peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

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

About Vitran

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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