Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ: ODFL) is one of 15 public companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Old Dominion Freight Line to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Old Dominion Freight Line and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Old Dominion Freight Line 0 6 3 0 2.33
Old Dominion Freight Line Competitors 143 685 574 28 2.34

Old Dominion Freight Line currently has a consensus target price of $98.00, suggesting a potential downside of 2.32%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 20.16%. Given Old Dominion Freight Line’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Old Dominion Freight Line has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Old Dominion Freight Line has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Old Dominion Freight Line’s rivals have a beta of 1.01, suggesting that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.9% of Old Dominion Freight Line shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.0% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Old Dominion Freight Line shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Old Dominion Freight Line and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Old Dominion Freight Line $3.12 billion $718.76 million 26.06
Old Dominion Freight Line Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 28.51

Old Dominion Freight Line has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Old Dominion Freight Line is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Old Dominion Freight Line and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Old Dominion Freight Line 10.19% 16.87% 11.61%
Old Dominion Freight Line Competitors 4.70% 9.92% 5.06%

Dividends

Old Dominion Freight Line pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Old Dominion Freight Line pays out 10.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 16.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Old Dominion Freight Line beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Old Dominion Freight Line

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Company’s LTL services include ground and air expedited transportation for time-sensitive shipments, consumer household pickup and delivery and freight delivery services throughout North America. In addition to its LTL services, the Company offers a range of other value-added services that include container drayage, truckload brokerage, supply chain consulting and warehousing. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 226 service center locations, of which it owned 182 and leased 44. As of December 31, 2016, its network included 10 breakbulk facilities located in Rialto, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Greensboro, North Carolina; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Memphis and Morristown, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 7,994 tractors.

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