Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) is one of 27 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Vitran to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Vitran and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran Competitors 194 1355 1856 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 10.79%. Given Vitran’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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 9.18% 13.42% 4.69%

Volatility and Risk

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vitran and its peers gross 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 253.21

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 and Insider Ownership

72.8% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

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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