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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Universal Logistics and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics 0 2 1 0 2.33
Universal Logistics Competitors 92 624 584 25 2.41

Universal Logistics currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.86%. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies have a potential downside of 1.03%. Given Universal Logistics’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Universal Logistics is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Universal Logistics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Freight Trucking” companies pay a dividend yield of 0.6% and pay out 17.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics $1.07 billion $24.24 million 100.87
Universal Logistics Competitors $1.88 billion $99.34 million 35.38

Universal Logistics’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Logistics. Universal Logistics 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.

Volatility and Risk

Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Logistics’ competitors have a beta of 1.10, suggesting that their average share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Logistics 0.55% 11.59% 2.94%
Universal Logistics Competitors 8.63% 8.21% 4.50%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.6% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.0% of shares of all “Freight Trucking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Universal Logistics competitors beat Universal Logistics on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Universal Logistics

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.

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