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

Profitability

This table compares USA Truck and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Truck -2.61% -19.57% -3.85%
USA Truck Competitors 32.35% 12.99% 9.12%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares USA Truck and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Truck $429.10 million -$7.69 million -12.05
USA Truck Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 32.95

USA Truck’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than USA Truck. USA Truck is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

USA Truck has a beta of 2.45, suggesting that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Truck’s rivals have a beta of 1.10, suggesting that their average share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.5% of USA Truck shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.5% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of USA Truck shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 27.7% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for USA Truck and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Truck 0 1 2 0 2.67
USA Truck Competitors 92 622 583 25 2.41

USA Truck presently has a consensus price target of $10.75, indicating a potential downside of 35.82%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 6.68%. Given USA Truck’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe USA Truck has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

USA Truck rivals beat USA Truck on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

USA Truck Company Profile

USA Truck, Inc. is a truckload carrier providing transportation of general commodities throughout the continental United States and into and out of portions of Mexico and Canada. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Strategic Capacity Solutions (SCS). The Trucking segment consists of truckload and dedicated freight services. The SCS segment consists of freight brokerage and rail intermodal services. The Company transports full dry van trailer loads of freight from origin to destination without intermediate stops or handling. The Company offers a range of truckload and logistics services to a customer base that spans a range of industries. The Company’s fleet of approximately 1,832 tractors consists of 1,568 company tractors and 264 independent contractor tractors. The Company owns approximately 6,200 trailers. The Company also transports general commodities into and out of Mexico by allowing through-trailer service from its terminal in Laredo, Texas.

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