P.A.M. Transportation Services (NASDAQ: PTSI) and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ:DSKE) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares P.A.M. Transportation Services and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
P.A.M. Transportation Services $435.80 million 0.31 $52.41 million $1.25 16.94
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II $682.32 million 0.71 $74.48 million N/A N/A

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has higher revenue and earnings than P.A.M. Transportation Services.

Profitability

This table compares P.A.M. Transportation Services and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
P.A.M. Transportation Services 1.85% 8.52% 2.16%
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II N/A -24.73% -3.71%

Volatility & Risk

P.A.M. Transportation Services has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a beta of -0.2, indicating that its share price is 120% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.3% of P.A.M. Transportation Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.6% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by institutional investors. 62.0% of P.A.M. Transportation Services shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.0% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for P.A.M. Transportation Services and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
P.A.M. Transportation Services 0 1 0 0 2.00
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II 0 0 4 0 3.00

P.A.M. Transportation Services currently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 19.70%. Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II has a consensus price target of $13.67, suggesting a potential upside of 6.77%. Given Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II is more favorable than P.A.M. Transportation Services.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Company Profile

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a truckload transportation and logistics company. It operates in the motor carrier segment. It operates as a truckload dry van carrier transporting general commodities throughout the continental United States, as well as in certain Canadian provinces. It provides transportation services in Mexico under agreements with Mexican carriers. Its operations are classified into truckload services, or brokerage and logistics services. Truckload services include transportation services, in which it utilizes company owned trucks or independent operator owned trucks for the pickup and delivery of freight. The brokerage and logistics services consist of services, such as transportation scheduling, routing, mode selection, transloading and other services related to the transportation of freight, which may or may not involve the use of company owned or independent operator owned equipment.

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II Company Profile

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. The Company, as of September 5, 2017, had a fleet of over 3,800 trucks and over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailer. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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