Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) is one of 27 public companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Vitran to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.
Risk and Volatility
Vitran has a beta of 2.37, suggesting that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran’s peers have a beta of 1.62, suggesting that their average share price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Vitran and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 9.76%. Given Vitran’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Vitran and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vitran Competitors||$6.64 billion||$807.55 million||242.84|
Vitran’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This table compares Vitran and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional and Insider Ownership
72.8% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” 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.
Vitran peers beat Vitran on 7 of the 8 factors compared.
Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.
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