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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics Holdings $1.07 billion $24.24 million 97.17
Universal Logistics Holdings Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 34.28

Universal Logistics Holdings’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Logistics Holdings. Universal Logistics Holdings is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Universal Logistics Holdings and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics Holdings 0 2 1 0 2.33
Universal Logistics Holdings Competitors 92 623 583 25 2.41

Universal Logistics Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.91%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 2.45%. Given Universal Logistics Holdings’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics Holdings is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics Holdings 0.55% 11.59% 2.94%
Universal Logistics Holdings Competitors 9.29% 9.07% 4.84%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

28.5% of Universal Logistics Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 28.9% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Universal Logistics Holdings has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics Holdings’ peers have a beta of 1.10, suggesting that their average stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Universal Logistics Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Universal Logistics Holdings 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. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 17.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Universal Logistics Holdings peers beat Universal Logistics Holdings on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Universal Logistics Holdings

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.

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