Saia (NASDAQ: SAIA) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Saia to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Saia and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Saia $1.29 billion $168.48 million 30.41
Saia Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 30.40

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Saia and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saia 0 2 4 0 2.67
Saia Competitors 144 697 587 28 2.34

Saia currently has a consensus price target of $53.60, suggesting a potential downside of 14.45%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 13.84%. Given Saia’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Saia has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Saia has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Saia’s rivals have a beta of 1.03, indicating that their average stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.0% of Saia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.5% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Saia shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saia 4.12% 10.84% 6.12%
Saia Competitors 5.03% 10.57% 5.41%


Saia rivals beat Saia on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Saia

Saia, Inc. is a transportation company. The Company provides regional and interregional less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Company also offers a range of other value-added services, including non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services across the United States. The Company’s subsidiary Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC (Saia LTL Freight) is a LTL carrier. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight had served 34 states in the South, Southwest, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and West. Saia LTL Freight specializes in offering its customers a range of regional and interregional LTL services, including time-definite and expedited options. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight operated a network consisting of 151 owned and leased locations. The Company’s other subsidiaries include Saia TL Plus, LLC, Saia Logistics Services, LLC, Saia Sales, LLC, Saia Metrogo, LLC, LinkEx, Inc. and Saia Motor Freight Mexico, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.

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