Head-To-Head Review: Vitran (VTNC) & The Competition

Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Vitran to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vitran and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vitran N/A N/A -3.47
Vitran Competitors $6.64 billion $807.32 million 251.91

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

Institutional and 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Vitran has a beta of 2.37, indicating that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran’s competitors have a beta of 1.53, indicating that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Vitran and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran Competitors 196 1364 1862 73 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 13.05%. Given Vitran’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Vitran and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vitran N/A N/A N/A
Vitran Competitors 9.18% 13.42% 4.69%

Summary

Vitran competitors beat Vitran on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Vitran

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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