CAI International (NYSE: CAI) and Rand Logistics (NASDAQ:RLOG) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CAI International and Rand Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAI International 4.14% 4.13% 0.93%
Rand Logistics -18.21% -160.74% -8.02%

Volatility & Risk

CAI International has a beta of 2.2, indicating that its stock price is 120% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rand Logistics has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.1% of CAI International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.1% of Rand Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.5% of CAI International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Rand Logistics shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CAI International and Rand Logistics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAI International $319.94 million 1.68 $63.93 million $0.68 41.16
Rand Logistics $113.98 million 0.04 $21.67 million ($1.22) -0.21

CAI International has higher revenue and earnings than Rand Logistics. Rand Logistics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CAI International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for CAI International and Rand Logistics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAI International 0 2 1 0 2.33
Rand Logistics 0 0 0 0 N/A

CAI International currently has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.11%. Given CAI International’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe CAI International is more favorable than Rand Logistics.

Summary

CAI International beats Rand Logistics on 12 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CAI International Company Profile

CAI International, Inc. is a transportation finance and logistics company. The Company purchases equipment, primarily intermodal shipping containers and railcars, which it leases to its customers, and also manages equipment for third-party investors. The Company operates through three segments: container leasing, rail leasing and logistics. In operating the Company’s fleet, it leases, re-leases and disposes equipment and contracts for the repair, repositioning and storage of equipment. The Company also provides domestic and international logistics services. The Company leases its container equipment to lessees under long-term leases, short-term leases and finance leases. The Company’s long-term leases have terms of one year or more and specify the number of containers to be leased, the pick-up and drop-off locations.

Rand Logistics Company Profile

Rand Logistics, Inc. is a shipping company that, through its operating subsidiaries, is engaged in the operation of bulk carriers on the Great Lakes. The Company’s shipping business is operated in Canada by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. (Lower Lakes Towing) and in the United States by Lower Lakes Transportation Company (Lower Lakes Transportation). The Company transports construction aggregates, salt, grain, coal, iron ore, and other dry bulk commodities for customers in the construction, electric utility, food, and integrated steel industries. Lower Lakes’ fleet consists of approximately six self-unloading bulk carriers and over four conventional bulk carriers in Canada and approximately six self-unloading bulk carriers in the United States, including over three articulated tug and barge units. Lower Lakes Towing owns approximately nine Canadian vessels and Lower Lakes Towing (17) Ltd. (Lower Lakes (17)) owns the tenth Canadian vessel.

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