Universal Logistics (NASDAQ: ULH) and FRP (NASDAQ:FRPH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics and FRP’s top-line 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 0.60 $24.24 million $0.23 98.70
FRP $37.46 million 13.33 $30.03 million $3.00 16.63

FRP has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Universal Logistics. FRP is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Universal Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Universal Logistics and FRP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics 0.55% 11.59% 2.94%
FRP 75.11% -4.15% -2.91%

Risk & Volatility

Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, FRP has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Universal Logistics and FRP, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics 0 1 1 0 2.50
FRP 0 0 0 0 N/A

Universal Logistics currently has a consensus target price of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.32%. Given Universal Logistics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Universal Logistics is more favorable than FRP.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.4% of Universal Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.2% of FRP shares are held by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.3% of FRP shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. FRP 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.


Universal Logistics beats FRP on 8 of the 14 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.

FRP Company Profile

FRP Holdings, Inc. is a holding company engaged in various real estate businesses. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, FRP Maryland, Inc., FRP Development Corp. and Florida Rock Properties, Inc. The segments of the Company include leasing and management of warehouse and office building owned by the Company (the Asset Management Segment), leasing and management of mining royalty land owned by the Company (the Mining Royalty Lands Segment) and real property acquisition, entitlement, development and construction primarily for warehouse and office buildings (the Land Development and Construction Segment). The Company’s Asset Management Segment owns leases and manages warehouse and office buildings. Its Mining Royalty Lands Segment owns several properties comprising approximately 15,000 acres under lease for mining rents or royalties. Its Land Development and Construction Segment owns and monitors the parcels of land that are in various stages of development.

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