Universal Logistics (NASDAQ: ULH) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Universal Logistics to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.7% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics 0.55% 11.59% 2.94%
Universal Logistics Competitors 9.29% 9.07% 4.84%

Risk & Volatility

Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics’ peers have a beta of 1.20, indicating that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Universal Logistics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.5% and pay out 16.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Universal Logistics and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics 0 2 1 0 2.33
Universal Logistics Competitors 92 628 584 25 2.41

Universal Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.77%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 1.79%. Given Universal Logistics’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Universal Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics $1.07 billion $24.24 million 103.91
Universal Logistics Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 32.14

Universal Logistics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Logistics. Universal Logistics is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Universal Logistics peers beat Universal Logistics on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Universal Logistics Company Profile

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc., formerly Universal Truckload Services, Inc., is an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Colombia. The Company operates through two segments: the transportation segment and the logistics segment. The Company’s operations aggregated in the transportation segment are associated with individual freight shipments coordinated by its agents, company-managed terminals and specialized services operations. The Company’s operations aggregated in the logistics segment deliver value-added services and transportation services to specific customers. Its other operating segments consist of the Company’s subsidiaries that provide support services to other subsidiaries and to owner-operators, including shop maintenance and equipment leasing. The Company groups its services into three service categories: transportation, value-added and intermodal support.

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