USA Truck (NASDAQ: USAK) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare USA Truck to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.
Insider & Institutional 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares USA Truck and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|USA Truck||$429.10 million||-$7.69 million||-10.40|
|USA Truck Competitors||$1.95 billion||$105.60 million||34.90|
USA Truck’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than USA Truck. USA Truck 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.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for USA Truck and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|USA Truck Competitors||92||619||579||25||2.41|
USA Truck currently has a consensus target price of $10.75, suggesting a potential downside of 25.66%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 4.49%. Given USA Truck’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe USA Truck has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
This table compares USA Truck and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|USA Truck Competitors||4.92%||10.34%||5.32%|
Risk & Volatility
USA Truck has a beta of 2.45, meaning that its share price is 145% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USA Truck’s rivals have a beta of 1.10, meaning that their average share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.
USA Truck rivals 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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