Landstar System (NASDAQ: LSTR) and Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Landstar System and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Landstar System 2 4 3 0 2.11
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 1 0 3.00

Landstar System currently has a consensus target price of $86.14, indicating a potential downside of 9.51%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus target price of $111.10, indicating a potential upside of 4,837.78%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Landstar System.

Profitability

This table compares Landstar System and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Landstar System 4.37% 26.11% 13.28%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0.88% 6.56% 3.14%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Landstar System and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Landstar System $3.33 billion 1.20 $271.70 million $3.46 27.51
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $313.00 million 0.31 $30.99 million $0.08 28.13

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

Volatility & Risk

Landstar System has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its stock price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Landstar System pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions does not pay a dividend. Landstar System pays out 11.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.0% of Landstar System shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.7% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Landstar System shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Landstar System beats Pangaea Logistics Solutions on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Landstar System Company Profile

Landstar System, Inc. (Landstar) is an asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions. The Company offers services to its customers across multiple transportation modes, with the ability to arrange for individual shipments of freight to enterprise solutions to manage customer’s transportation needs. It operates in two segments: the Transportation Logistics segment and the Insurance segment. The Transportation Logistics segment provides a range of integrated transportation management solutions. Transportation services offered by it include truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, rail intermodal, air cargo, ocean cargo, expedited ground and air delivery of time-critical freight, heavy-haul or specialized, the United States-Canada and the United States-Mexico cross-border, project cargo and customs brokerage. The insurance segment consists of Signature Insurance Company, which is an offshore insurance subsidiary, and Risk Management Claim Services, Inc.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile

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.

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