Universal Logistics Holdings (NYSE: ULH) and FRP Holdings (NASDAQ:FRPH) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and FRP Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics Holdings $1.13 billion 0.46 $72.35 million N/A N/A
FRP Holdings $32.09 million 14.32 $21.12 million $0.68 67.57

Universal Logistics Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than FRP Holdings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

45.5% of FRP Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 23.3% of FRP Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Universal Logistics Holdings and FRP Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics Holdings 0 1 1 0 2.50
FRP Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Universal Logistics Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.61%. Given Universal Logistics Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Universal Logistics Holdings is more favorable than FRP Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics Holdings and FRP Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics Holdings 0.90% 7.26% 1.86%
FRP Holdings 17.90% 3.40% 2.53%

Summary

FRP Holdings beats Universal Logistics Holdings on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Universal Logistics Holdings

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.

About FRP Holdings

FRP Holdings, Inc. is a holding company engaged in various real estate businesses. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, FRP Maryland, Inc., FRP Development Corp. and Florida Rock Properties, Inc. The segments of the Company include leasing and management of warehouse and office building owned by the Company (the Asset Management Segment), leasing and management of mining royalty land owned by the Company (the Mining Royalty Lands Segment) and real property acquisition, entitlement, development and construction primarily for warehouse and office buildings (the Land Development and Construction Segment). The Company’s Asset Management Segment owns leases and manages warehouse and office buildings. Its Mining Royalty Lands Segment owns several properties comprising approximately 15,000 acres under lease for mining rents or royalties. Its Land Development and Construction Segment owns and monitors the parcels of land that are in various stages of development.

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