Amerco (NASDAQ: UHAL) and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (NYSE:CP) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Amerco has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Amerco does not pay a dividend. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited pays out 21.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amerco and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Amerco $3.46 billion 2.09 $1.19 billion $19.27 19.10
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited $5.30 billion 4.60 $2.72 billion $8.40 19.87

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has higher revenue and earnings than Amerco. Amerco is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Amerco and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amerco 0 0 0 0 N/A
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited 0 4 19 0 2.83

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has a consensus price target of $188.74, suggesting a potential upside of 13.10%. Given Canadian Pacific Railway Limited’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Canadian Pacific Railway Limited is more favorable than Amerco.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.0% of Amerco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.9% of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.6% of Amerco shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Amerco and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amerco 10.92% 12.85% 3.86%
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited 25.49% 33.06% 8.38%

Summary

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited beats Amerco on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Amerco

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.

About Canadian Pacific Railway Limited

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a transcontinental freight railway in Canada and the United States. The Company operates through rail transportation segment. The Company’s transports bulk commodities, merchandise freight, and intermodal traffic over a network of approximately 12,400 miles. Its railway feeds directly into the United States heartland from the east and west coasts. Its Bulk commodities include grain, coal, potash, fertilizers and sulfur. Its Merchandise freight consists of finished vehicles and machinery, as well as forest and industrial and consumer products. Its Intermodal traffic consists of retail goods in overseas containers that can be transported by train, ship and truck and in domestic containers and trailers that can be moved by train and truck. Its subsidiaries include Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Soo Line Railroad Company, Delaware and Hudson Railway Company, Inc. and Mount Stephen Properties Inc.

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