Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN) and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Werner Enterprises and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Werner Enterprises 4.04% 8.18% 4.75%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0.88% 6.56% 3.14%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Werner Enterprises and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Werner Enterprises $2.01 billion 1.26 $79.12 million $1.15 30.48
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $238.02 million 0.44 $7.45 million $0.08 29.88

Werner Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than Pangaea Logistics Solutions. Pangaea Logistics Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Werner Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Werner Enterprises has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Werner Enterprises and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Werner Enterprises 3 9 3 0 2.00
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 2 0 3.00

Werner Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $33.62, suggesting a potential downside of 4.09%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus target price of $57.35, suggesting a potential upside of 2,299.58%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Werner Enterprises.

Dividends

Werner Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions does not pay a dividend. Werner Enterprises pays out 24.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.6% of Werner Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.7% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 34.7% of Werner Enterprises shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by 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.

Summary

Werner Enterprises beats Pangaea Logistics Solutions on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Werner Enterprises

Werner Enterprises, Inc. is a transportation and logistics company. The Company is engaged in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce. It operates through two segments: Truckload and Werner Logistics. It provides logistics services through its Werner Logistics division. As of December 31, 2016, it had a fleet of approximately 7,100 trucks, of which 6,305 were company-operated and 795 were owned and operated by independent contractors. Its Werner Logistics division operated 74 intermodal drayage trucks as of December 31, 2016. Its Truckload segment comprises the One-Way Truckload and Specialized Services units. It operates in several provinces of Canada to provide through-trailer service into and out of Mexico. Its Werner Logistic segment is a non-asset-based transportation and logistics provider and comprises four operating units: truck brokerage, freight management, the intermodal and Werner Global Logistics international.

About Pangaea Logistics Solutions

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of seaborne drybulk transportation services. The Company services a range of industrial customers who require the transportation of a range of drybulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite and limestone. The Company addresses the transportation needs of its customers by undertaking a set of services and activities, including cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning and technical vessel management. The Company uses a mix of owned and chartered-in motor vessels to transport over 18.3 million deadweight tons (dwt) of cargo to approximately 100 ports across the world, averaging over 40 vessels in service. The Company’s owned fleet includes eight Panamax drybulk carriers, four Supramax drybulk carriers and two Handymax drybulk carriers. Its vessels include Nordic Orion, Nordic Odyssey and Bulk Trident.

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