Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: DSKE) and Universal Logistics Holdings (NYSE:ULH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitabiliy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.8% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.0% of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Universal Logistics Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II 0 0 4 0 3.00
Universal Logistics Holdings 0 2 0 0 2.00

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II currently has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.92%. Universal Logistics Holdings has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.71%. Given Universal Logistics Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics Holdings is more favorable than Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Universal Logistics Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II $655.36 million 0.72 $75.82 million N/A N/A
Universal Logistics Holdings $1.10 billion 0.39 $80.30 million N/A N/A

Universal Logistics Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II.

Profitability

This table compares Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II and Universal Logistics Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II N/A -32.77% -3.76%
Universal Logistics Holdings 1.52% 11.57% 3.00%

Summary

Universal Logistics Holdings beats Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II Company Profile

Daseke, Inc. is a consolidator of the open deck freight market in North America. The Company provides open deck transportation and logistics. It operates through two segments: Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The Flatbed Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally require the use of flatbed and retractable-sided transportation equipment. The Specialized Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally include heavy haul, high-value customized, over-dimensional, step deck and removable gooseneck trailer solutions. As of May 1, 2017, the Company had a fleet of over 3,500 trucks and 7,300 open deck specialized trailers. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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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