Universal Logistics (ULH) vs. The Competition Critical Comparison

Universal Logistics (NASDAQ: ULH) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Universal Logistics to related companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Universal Logistics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.5% and pay out 17.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics $1.07 billion $24.24 million 103.91
Universal Logistics Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 36.58

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

Volatility and Risk

Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics’ peers have a beta of 1.06, indicating that their average stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Universal Logistics and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics 0 2 1 0 2.33
Universal Logistics Competitors 92 628 584 25 2.41

Universal Logistics presently has a consensus target price of $23.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.77%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 1.79%. Given Universal Logistics’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics 0.55% 11.59% 2.94%
Universal Logistics Competitors 9.29% 9.07% 4.84%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.7% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Universal Logistics peers beat Universal Logistics on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Universal Logistics Company Profile

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc., formerly Universal Truckload Services, Inc., is an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Colombia. The Company operates through two segments: the transportation segment and the logistics segment. The Company’s operations aggregated in the transportation segment are associated with individual freight shipments coordinated by its agents, company-managed terminals and specialized services operations. The Company’s operations aggregated in the logistics segment deliver value-added services and transportation services to specific customers. Its other operating segments consist of the Company’s subsidiaries that provide support services to other subsidiaries and to owner-operators, including shop maintenance and equipment leasing. The Company groups its services into three service categories: transportation, value-added and intermodal support.

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