Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) and AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.
Risk and Volatility
Vitran has a beta of 2.37, meaning that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMERCO has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Vitran and AMERCO’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|AMERCO||$3.42 billion||2.11||$398.42 million||$16.62||22.11|
AMERCO has higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AMERCO, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Vitran and AMERCO, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
30.7% of AMERCO shares are held by institutional investors. 42.6% of AMERCO shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Vitran and AMERCO’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
AMERCO beats Vitran on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
AMERCO is a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator through its subsidiary, U-Haul International, Inc. (U-Haul). The Company supplies its products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods through U-Haul. It sells U-Haul brand boxes, tape, and other moving and self-storage products and services to do-it-yourself moving and storage customers at its distribution outlets and through uhaul.com and eMove Websites. The Company operates through three segments: Moving and Storage; Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Moving and Storage segment includes the operations of AMERCO, U-Haul and Amerco Real Estate Company, and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment consists of the operations of Repwest Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, and ARCOA Risk Retention Group. The Life Insurance segment consists of the operations of Oxford Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries.
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