USA Truck (NASDAQ: USAK) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare USA Truck to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

USA Truck has a beta of 2.45, meaning that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Truck’s peers have a beta of 1.09, meaning that their average share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

51.2% of USA Truck shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.9% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of USA Truck shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares USA Truck and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Truck -2.61% -19.31% -3.80%
USA Truck Competitors 4.94% 10.44% 5.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for USA Truck and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Truck 0 1 2 0 2.67
USA Truck Competitors 92 621 580 25 2.41

USA Truck presently has a consensus price target of $10.75, suggesting a potential downside of 30.56%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 4.89%. Given USA Truck’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe USA Truck has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares USA Truck and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Truck $429.10 million -$7.69 million -11.14
USA Truck Competitors $1.95 billion $105.60 million 35.95

USA Truck’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than USA Truck. USA Truck is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

USA Truck peers beat USA Truck on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About USA Truck

USA Truck, Inc. is a truckload carrier providing transportation of general commodities throughout the continental United States and into and out of portions of Mexico and Canada. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Strategic Capacity Solutions (SCS). The Trucking segment consists of truckload and dedicated freight services. The SCS segment consists of freight brokerage and rail intermodal services. The Company transports full dry van trailer loads of freight from origin to destination without intermediate stops or handling. The Company offers a range of truckload and logistics services to a customer base that spans a range of industries. The Company’s fleet of approximately 1,832 tractors consists of 1,568 company tractors and 264 independent contractor tractors. The Company owns approximately 6,200 trailers. The Company also transports general commodities into and out of Mexico by allowing through-trailer service from its terminal in Laredo, Texas.

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