C.H. Robinson Worldwide (NASDAQ: CHRW) and Amerco (NASDAQ:UHAL) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Dividends

C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Amerco does not pay a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide pays out 52.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. C.H. Robinson Worldwide has raised its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Amerco, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3 6 3 0 2.00
Amerco 0 0 0 0 N/A

C.H. Robinson Worldwide currently has a consensus price target of $69.83, indicating a potential upside of 6.40%. Given C.H. Robinson Worldwide’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe C.H. Robinson Worldwide is more favorable than Amerco.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Amerco’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
C.H. Robinson Worldwide $13.90 billion 0.67 $848.19 million $3.40 19.30
Amerco $3.46 billion 2.12 $1.19 billion $19.27 19.39

Amerco has higher revenue, but lower earnings than C.H. Robinson Worldwide. C.H. Robinson Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Amerco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Amerco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 3.49% 37.41% 12.84%
Amerco 10.92% 12.85% 3.86%

Risk and Volatility

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amerco has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.3% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.8% of Amerco shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of C.H. Robinson Worldwide shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 42.6% of Amerco shares are held by company 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.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. is a provider of transportation services and logistics solutions through a network of offices operating in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America. The Company’s segments include North American Surface Transportation (NAST), Global Forwarding, Robinson Fresh, and All Other and Corporate. The NAST segment provides freight transportation services across North America through a network of offices in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The primary services provided by Global Forwarding segment include ocean freight services, air freight services, and customs brokerage. The Robinson Fresh segment provides sourcing under the trade name Robinson Fresh. The All Other and Corporate segment primarily consists of Managed Services and Other Surface Transportation outside of North America. It develops global transportation and distribution networks to provide transportation and supply chain services throughout the world.

About Amerco

AMERCO is a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator through its subsidiary, U-Haul International, Inc. (U-Haul). The Company supplies its products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods through U-Haul. It sells U-Haul brand boxes, tape, and other moving and self-storage products and services to do-it-yourself moving and storage customers at its distribution outlets and through uhaul.com and eMove Websites. The Company operates through three segments: Moving and Storage; Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Moving and Storage segment includes the operations of AMERCO, U-Haul and Amerco Real Estate Company, and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment consists of the operations of Repwest Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, and ARCOA Risk Retention Group. The Life Insurance segment consists of the operations of Oxford Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries.

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