Analyzing Quality Distribution (QLTY) and Its Peers

Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Quality Distribution to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Quality Distribution and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Quality Distribution N/A N/A 42.05
Quality Distribution Competitors $6.80 billion $848.22 million 233.89

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.4% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.9% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held 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.

Volatility and Risk

Quality Distribution has a beta of 2.83, meaning that its share price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quality Distribution’s rivals have a beta of 1.50, meaning that their average share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Quality Distribution and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A
Quality Distribution Competitors 191 1345 1841 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.55%. Given Quality Distribution’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quality Distribution has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quality Distribution 0.95% N/A 2.09%
Quality Distribution Competitors 10.46% 14.33% 5.08%

Summary

Quality Distribution rivals beat Quality Distribution on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

Quality Distribution Company Profile

Quality Distribution Inc. is a United States-based provider of bulk transportation and logistics services. The Company also provides transportation and delivery services. The Company offers services, such as chemical bulk transportation, logistics, container and depot, intermodal, leasing and risk services. Its container and depot services for intermodal equipment include repair, maintenance and cleaning, and redistribution. Its intermodal services include tracking solutions, solutions regarding capacity, pre-clearing for shipments moving across borders, and management and control over every shipping segment from departure to delivery. It offers risk management consulting that covers insurance policy reviews, insurance or self-insurance analysis and brokerage relationship studies. It also offers audit services, electronic or on-site. It serves industries, including chemical, unconventional oil and gas, bulk liquid and food grade liquid.

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