Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY) is one of 28 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 risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

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 9.25% 13.52% 4.76%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Quality Distribution and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A
Quality Distribution Competitors 194 1362 1854 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 10.79%. Given Quality Distribution’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Quality Distribution has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Quality Distribution N/A N/A 42.05
Quality Distribution Competitors $6.64 billion $807.55 million 250.89

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.

Risk & Volatility

Quality Distribution has a beta of 2.83, indicating that its share price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quality Distribution’s peers have a beta of 1.53, indicating that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.8% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of shares of all “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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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