Daseke (NASDAQ: DSKE) and Landstar System (NASDAQ:LSTR) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Daseke and Landstar System’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke $682.32 million 0.67 $72.93 million N/A N/A
Landstar System $3.33 billion 1.06 $271.70 million $3.46 24.28

Landstar System has higher revenue and earnings than Daseke.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.2% of Daseke shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.1% of Landstar System shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of Daseke shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Landstar System shares are owned 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.

Risk & Volatility

Daseke has a beta of -0.1, indicating that its share price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landstar System has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Daseke does not pay a dividend. Landstar System pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Daseke and Landstar System, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 0 4 0 3.00
Landstar System 2 4 2 0 2.00

Daseke currently has a consensus price target of $13.67, suggesting a potential upside of 12.85%. Landstar System has a consensus price target of $82.67, suggesting a potential downside of 1.59%. Given Daseke’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Daseke is more favorable than Landstar System.

Profitability

This table compares Daseke and Landstar System’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke -4.83% -30.35% -5.31%
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%

Summary

Landstar System beats Daseke on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Daseke

Daseke, Inc. is a consolidator of the open deck freight market in North America. The Company provides open deck transportation and logistics. It operates through two segments: Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The Flatbed Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally require the use of flatbed and retractable-sided transportation equipment. The Specialized Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally include heavy haul, high-value customized, over-dimensional, step deck and removable gooseneck trailer solutions. As of July 5, 2017, the Company had a fleet of over 3,600 trucks and 7,500 open deck specialized trailers. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

About Landstar System

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

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