Universal Logistics Holdings (NYSE: ULH) and Landstar System (NASDAQ:LSTR) are both industrials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and Landstar System’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics Holdings 0.90% 7.26% 1.86%
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.0% of Landstar System shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Landstar System shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Universal Logistics Holdings and Landstar System, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics Holdings 0 2 1 0 2.33
Landstar System 2 5 3 0 2.10

Universal Logistics Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.73%. Landstar System has a consensus target price of $91.11, suggesting a potential downside of 8.34%. Given Universal Logistics Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Universal Logistics Holdings is more favorable than Landstar System.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and Landstar System’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics Holdings $1.13 billion 0.54 $72.35 million N/A N/A
Landstar System $3.33 billion 1.25 $271.70 million $3.46 28.73

Landstar System has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Logistics Holdings.

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Universal Logistics Holdings does not pay a dividend. Landstar System pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Landstar System beats Universal Logistics Holdings on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Landstar System Company Profile

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

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