Critical Analysis: Universal Logistics (ULH) versus Daseke (DSKE)
Universal Logistics (NASDAQ: ULH) and Daseke (NASDAQ:DSKE) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.
Risk and Volatility
Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Daseke has a beta of -0.36, meaning that its share price is 136% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Universal Logistics and Daseke, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Universal Logistics currently has a consensus target price of $23.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.17%. Daseke has a consensus target price of $14.88, indicating a potential upside of 9.70%. Given Daseke’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Daseke is more favorable than Universal Logistics.
Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Daseke does not pay a dividend. 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.
This table compares Universal Logistics and Daseke’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Universal Logistics and Daseke’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Universal Logistics||$1.07 billion||0.63||$24.24 million||$0.23||104.35|
Universal Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than Daseke.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.2% of Daseke shares are owned by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 37.2% of Daseke shares are owned by 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.
Universal Logistics beats Daseke on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Daseke 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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