Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ: PANL) and Universal Logistics (NASDAQ:ULH) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk and dividends.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
28.5% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.4% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.41, indicating that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Universal Logistics’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Pangaea Logistics Solutions||$238.02 million||0.53||$7.45 million||$0.08||35.88|
|Universal Logistics||$1.07 billion||0.60||$24.24 million||$0.23||97.83|
Universal Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than Pangaea Logistics Solutions. Pangaea Logistics Solutions is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Universal Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions does not pay a dividend. 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.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Universal Logistics, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Pangaea Logistics Solutions||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Pangaea Logistics Solutions currently has a consensus target price of $57.35, indicating a potential upside of 1,898.26%. Universal Logistics has a consensus target price of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.22%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Universal Logistics.
This table compares Pangaea Logistics Solutions and Universal Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Pangaea Logistics Solutions||1.10%||6.90%||3.30%|
About Pangaea Logistics Solutions
Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of seaborne drybulk transportation services. The Company services a range of industrial customers who require the transportation of a range of drybulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite and limestone. The Company addresses the transportation needs of its customers by undertaking a set of services and activities, including cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning and technical vessel management. The Company uses a mix of owned and chartered-in motor vessels to transport over 18.3 million deadweight tons (dwt) of cargo to approximately 100 ports across the world, averaging over 40 vessels in service. The Company’s owned fleet includes eight Panamax drybulk carriers, four Supramax drybulk carriers and two Handymax drybulk carriers. Its vessels include Nordic Orion, Nordic Odyssey and Bulk Trident.
About Universal Logistics
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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