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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Vitran and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran Competitors 195 1363 1861 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 10.54%. Given Vitran’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vitran and its competitors 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 $807.32 million 252.21

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

Profitability

This table compares Vitran and its competitors’ 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%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.4% 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

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

Summary

Vitran competitors 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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