Reviewing Quality Distribution (QLTY) and Its Peers

Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Quality Distribution to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Quality Distribution has a beta of 2.83, meaning that its stock price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quality Distribution’s rivals have a beta of 1.53, meaning that their average stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Quality Distribution and its rivals, as provided 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 196 1364 1862 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 12.26%. Given Quality Distribution’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly 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 9.23% 13.61% 4.78%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.4% 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Quality Distribution N/A N/A 42.05
Quality Distribution Competitors $6.64 billion $807.32 million 255.60

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.

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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