AMERCO (NASDAQ: UHAL) and Vitran (NASDAQ:VTNC) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares AMERCO and Vitran’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMERCO 9.30% 11.28% 3.38%
Vitran N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AMERCO and Vitran’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMERCO $3.42 billion 2.13 $398.42 million $16.62 22.36
Vitran N/A N/A N/A ($1.87) -3.47

AMERCO has higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AMERCO, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for AMERCO and Vitran, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMERCO 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.7% of AMERCO shares are owned by institutional investors. 42.6% of AMERCO shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

AMERCO has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran has a beta of 2.37, meaning that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AMERCO beats Vitran on 8 of the 9 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 Vitran

Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.

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