Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Quality Distribution to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Quality Distribution has a beta of 2.83, suggesting that its share price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quality Distribution’s peers have a beta of 1.50, suggesting that their average share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Quality Distribution and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Quality Distribution N/A N/A 42.05
Quality Distribution Competitors $7.05 billion $899.14 million 224.47

Quality Distribution’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Quality Distribution. Quality Distribution is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Quality Distribution and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Quality Distribution 0.95% N/A 2.09%
Quality Distribution Competitors 10.35% 14.31% 5.08%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Quality Distribution and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A
Quality Distribution Competitors 224 1636 2177 76 2.51

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 12.14%. Given Quality Distribution’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Quality Distribution has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Quality Distribution peers beat Quality Distribution on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Quality Distribution

Quality Distribution Inc. is a United States-based provider of bulk transportation and logistics services. The Company also provides transportation and delivery services. The Company offers services, such as chemical bulk transportation, logistics, container and depot, intermodal, leasing and risk services. Its container and depot services for intermodal equipment include repair, maintenance and cleaning, and redistribution. Its intermodal services include tracking solutions, solutions regarding capacity, pre-clearing for shipments moving across borders, and management and control over every shipping segment from departure to delivery. It offers risk management consulting that covers insurance policy reviews, insurance or self-insurance analysis and brokerage relationship studies. It also offers audit services, electronic or on-site. It serves industries, including chemical, unconventional oil and gas, bulk liquid and food grade liquid.

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