Financial Contrast: USA Truck (USAK) vs. Its Competitors

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

Risk and Volatility

USA Truck has a beta of 2.58, indicating that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Truck’s competitors have a beta of 1.03, indicating that their average share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.9% of USA Truck shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of USA Truck shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares USA Truck and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USA Truck -2.94% -20.68% -4.09%
USA Truck Competitors 4.92% 10.35% 5.33%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for USA Truck and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USA Truck 0 1 2 0 2.67
USA Truck Competitors 90 617 579 25 2.41

USA Truck presently has a consensus target price of $10.75, suggesting a potential downside of 23.81%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 1.75%. Given USA Truck’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe USA Truck has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares USA Truck and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
USA Truck $417.62 million $18.65 million -9.22
USA Truck Competitors $1.54 billion $228.59 million 31.00

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

Summary

USA Truck competitors beat USA Truck on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About USA Truck

USA Truck, Inc. is a truckload carrier providing transportation of general commodities throughout the continental United States and into and out of portions of Mexico and Canada. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Strategic Capacity Solutions (SCS). The Trucking segment consists of truckload and dedicated freight services. The SCS segment consists of freight brokerage and rail intermodal services. The Company transports full dry van trailer loads of freight from origin to destination without intermediate stops or handling. The Company offers a range of truckload and logistics services to a customer base that spans a range of industries. The Company’s fleet of approximately 1,832 tractors consists of 1,568 company tractors and 264 independent contractor tractors. The Company owns approximately 6,200 trailers. The Company also transports general commodities into and out of Mexico by allowing through-trailer service from its terminal in Laredo, Texas.

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