USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) and Celadon Group (OTCMKTS:CGIP) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.4% of USA Truck shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.2% of Celadon Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.0% of USA Truck shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Celadon Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

USA Truck has a beta of 1.63, indicating that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celadon Group has a beta of 3.54, indicating that its share price is 254% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares USA Truck and Celadon Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Truck 2.29% 17.63% 4.80%
Celadon Group N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares USA Truck and Celadon Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Truck $534.06 million 0.24 $12.20 million $1.56 9.87
Celadon Group $1.07 billion 0.05 $24.84 million N/A N/A

Celadon Group has higher revenue and earnings than USA Truck.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for USA Truck and Celadon Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Truck 0 0 3 0 3.00
Celadon Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

USA Truck currently has a consensus target price of $31.33, suggesting a potential upside of 103.60%. Celadon Group has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 455.56%. Given Celadon Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Celadon Group is more favorable than USA Truck.


USA Truck beats Celadon Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About USA Truck

USA Truck, Inc. operates as a truckload carrier in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Trucking and USAT Logistics. The Trucking segment offers truckload motor carrier services as a medium to long-haul common and contract carrier; and dedicated freight services. The USAT Logistics segment provides freight brokerage and rail intermodal services. As of December 31, 2018, the company operates a fleet of 1,976 tractors, which included 429 independent contractor tractors; and 6,226 trailers. USA Truck, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Van Buren, Arkansas.

About Celadon Group

Celadon Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides transportation services between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through three segments: Asset-Based, Asset-Light, and Equipment Leasing and Services. The Asset-Based segment offers dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed services; cross-border services between the United States and each of Mexico and Canada; intra-Mexico and intra-Canada services; contract services; regional and specialized short haul services; and rail intermodal services. The Asset-Light segment provides freight brokerage, warehousing, less-than truckload consolidation, and supply chain logistics services. The Equipment Leasing and Services segment offers tractor and trailer sales and leasing services, as well as insurance, maintenance, and other ancillary services primarily to the independent contractors and other trucking fleets. The company transports various types of freight, including tobacco, consumer goods, automotive parts, various home products and fixtures, lawn tractors and assorted equipment, light bulbs, and various parts for engines. Celadon Group, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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