Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Vitran to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Vitran and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vitran N/A N/A N/A
Vitran Competitors 9.58% 13.84% 4.88%

Risk & Volatility

Vitran has a beta of 2.37, meaning that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran’s rivals have a beta of 1.53, meaning that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.1% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.9% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vitran and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Vitran N/A N/A -3.47
Vitran Competitors $6.64 billion $807.55 million 249.37

Vitran’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Vitran and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran Competitors 193 1361 1853 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 11.82%. Given Vitran’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Vitran rivals beat Vitran on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Vitran

Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.

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