Landstar System (NASDAQ: LSTR) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Landstar System to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Landstar System pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 16.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Landstar System and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Landstar System $3.33 billion $271.70 million 27.51
Landstar System Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 28.51

Landstar System has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Landstar System is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Landstar System and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Landstar System 2 4 3 0 2.11
Landstar System Competitors 143 685 574 28 2.34

Landstar System presently has a consensus target price of $86.14, suggesting a potential downside of 9.51%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 21.42%. Given Landstar System’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Landstar System has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of Landstar System shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Landstar System shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 23.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Landstar System and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%
Landstar System Competitors 4.70% 9.92% 5.06%

Volatility and Risk

Landstar System has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Landstar System’s competitors have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Landstar System competitors beat Landstar System on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Landstar System Company Profile

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

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