Saia (NASDAQ: SAIA) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Freight Trucking” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Saia to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Saia and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saia 4.12% 10.84% 6.12%
Saia Competitors 4.73% 9.91% 5.06%

Risk and Volatility

Saia has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Saia’s competitors have a beta of 1.01, meaning that their average share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Saia and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Saia $1.29 billion $168.48 million 29.56
Saia Competitors $1.53 billion $229.92 million 29.18

Saia’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Saia. Saia is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of Saia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Saia shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Saia and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saia 0 2 4 0 2.67
Saia Competitors 143 691 578 28 2.34

Saia currently has a consensus price target of $53.60, indicating a potential downside of 11.99%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential upside of 15.71%. Given Saia’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Saia has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Saia competitors beat Saia on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Saia Company Profile

Saia, Inc. is a transportation company. The Company provides regional and interregional less-than-truckload (LTL) services. The Company also offers a range of other value-added services, including non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services across the United States. The Company’s subsidiary Saia Motor Freight Line, LLC (Saia LTL Freight) is a LTL carrier. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight had served 34 states in the South, Southwest, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and West. Saia LTL Freight specializes in offering its customers a range of regional and interregional LTL services, including time-definite and expedited options. As of December 31, 2016, Saia LTL Freight operated a network consisting of 151 owned and leased locations. The Company’s other subsidiaries include Saia TL Plus, LLC, Saia Logistics Services, LLC, Saia Sales, LLC, Saia Metrogo, LLC, LinkEx, Inc. and Saia Motor Freight Mexico, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.

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