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

Volatility and Risk

Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics’ rivals have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics $1.07 billion $24.24 million 101.74
Universal Logistics Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 37.76

Universal Logistics’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Logistics. Universal Logistics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics 0.55% 11.59% 2.94%
Universal Logistics Competitors 9.29% 9.07% 4.84%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 27.7% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Universal Logistics and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics 0 2 1 0 2.33
Universal Logistics Competitors 93 629 588 26 2.41

Universal Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.71%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 2.31%. Given Universal Logistics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Universal Logistics is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Universal Logistics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.5% and pay out 17.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Universal Logistics rivals beat Universal Logistics on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Universal Logistics

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc., formerly Universal Truckload Services, Inc., is an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Colombia. The Company operates through two segments: the transportation segment and the logistics segment. The Company’s operations aggregated in the transportation segment are associated with individual freight shipments coordinated by its agents, company-managed terminals and specialized services operations. The Company’s operations aggregated in the logistics segment deliver value-added services and transportation services to specific customers. Its other operating segments consist of the Company’s subsidiaries that provide support services to other subsidiaries and to owner-operators, including shop maintenance and equipment leasing. The Company groups its services into three service categories: transportation, value-added and intermodal support.

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