US Xpress Enterprises (NYSE: USX) is one of 18 publicly-traded companies in the “Trucking, except local” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare US Xpress Enterprises to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for US Xpress Enterprises and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Xpress Enterprises 0 0 7 0 3.00
US Xpress Enterprises Competitors 226 1034 903 65 2.36

US Xpress Enterprises presently has a consensus target price of $19.80, suggesting a potential upside of 109.97%. As a group, “Trucking, except local” companies have a potential upside of 12.75%. Given US Xpress Enterprises’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe US Xpress Enterprises is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares US Xpress Enterprises and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
US Xpress Enterprises $1.80 billion $24.90 million 5.93
US Xpress Enterprises Competitors $2.78 billion $158.11 million 16.37

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

Profitability

This table compares US Xpress Enterprises and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Xpress Enterprises 1.38% 36.96% 5.87%
US Xpress Enterprises Competitors 5.75% 18.48% 8.57%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.6% of US Xpress Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.3% of shares of all “Trucking, except local” companies are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of shares of all “Trucking, except local” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

US Xpress Enterprises peers beat US Xpress Enterprises on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About US Xpress Enterprises

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. operates as an asset-based truckload carrier providing services primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Truckload and Brokerage. The Truckload segment offers asset-based truckload services, including the over-the-road and contract services. The Brokerage segment provides non-asset-based freight brokerage services. The company offers customers a portfolio of services using its truckload fleet and third-party carriers through its non-asset-based truck brokerage network. As of March 31, 2018, its fleet consisted of approximately 6,800 tractors and approximately 16,000 trailers, including approximately 1,300 tractors provided by independent contractors. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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