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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.5% of Universal Logistics Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 28.9% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and its competitors’ 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%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Universal Logistics Holdings and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

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 presently 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 2.34%. Given Universal Logistics Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics Holdings is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share 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 34.29

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

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.

Volatility and Risk

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

Summary

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

Universal Logistics Holdings 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.

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