Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ: PANL) and Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ:ODFL) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Old Dominion Freight Line’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 1.10% 6.90% 3.30%
Old Dominion Freight Line 10.43% 17.09% 11.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Old Dominion Freight Line, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 3 0 3.00
Old Dominion Freight Line 2 5 5 0 2.25

Pangaea Logistics Solutions currently has a consensus price target of $57.35, suggesting a potential upside of 1,606.85%. Old Dominion Freight Line has a consensus price target of $112.18, suggesting a potential downside of 17.88%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Old Dominion Freight Line.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Old Dominion Freight Line’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $238.02 million 0.62 $7.45 million $0.08 42.00
Old Dominion Freight Line $2.99 billion 3.76 $295.76 million $4.06 33.65

Old Dominion Freight Line has higher revenue and earnings than Pangaea Logistics Solutions. Old Dominion Freight Line is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pangaea Logistics Solutions, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

28.4% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.4% of Old Dominion Freight Line shares are held by institutional investors. 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Old Dominion Freight Line shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Old Dominion Freight Line has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Old Dominion Freight Line pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions does not pay a dividend. Old Dominion Freight Line pays out 9.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Old Dominion Freight Line beats Pangaea Logistics Solutions on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of seaborne drybulk transportation services. The Company services a range of industrial customers who require the transportation of a range of drybulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite and limestone. The Company addresses the transportation needs of its customers by undertaking a set of services and activities, including cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning and technical vessel management. The Company uses a mix of owned and chartered-in motor vessels to transport over 18.3 million deadweight tons (dwt) of cargo to approximately 100 ports across the world, averaging over 40 vessels in service. The Company’s owned fleet includes eight Panamax drybulk carriers, four Supramax drybulk carriers and two Handymax drybulk carriers. Its vessels include Nordic Orion, Nordic Odyssey and Bulk Trident.

Old Dominion Freight Line Company Profile

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Company’s LTL services include ground and air expedited transportation for time-sensitive shipments, consumer household pickup and delivery and freight delivery services throughout North America. In addition to its LTL services, the Company offers a range of other value-added services that include container drayage, truckload brokerage, supply chain consulting and warehousing. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 226 service center locations, of which it owned 182 and leased 44. As of December 31, 2016, its network included 10 breakbulk facilities located in Rialto, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Greensboro, North Carolina; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Memphis and Morristown, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 7,994 tractors.

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