Universal Logistics (ULH) and The Competition Critical Review

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

Insider & 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, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Universal Logistics and its competitors, 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 94 631 595 26 2.41

Universal Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.77%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 1.90%. Given Universal Logistics’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Universal Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

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’ competitors have a beta of 1.25, indicating that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 16.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics and its competitors’ 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%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal Logistics and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share 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 32.10

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

Summary

Universal Logistics competitors 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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