Universal Logistics (ULH) versus Daseke (DSKE) Head to Head Review

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Universal Logistics and Daseke, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Logistics 0 2 1 0 2.33
Daseke 0 0 4 0 3.00

Universal Logistics presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.71%. Daseke has a consensus price target of $14.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.85%. Given Daseke’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Daseke is more favorable than Universal Logistics.

Volatility and Risk

Universal Logistics has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Daseke has a beta of -0.36, meaning that its stock price is 136% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.8% of Universal Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.2% of Daseke shares are held by institutional investors. 71.0% of Universal Logistics shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 37.2% of Daseke shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Universal Logistics and Daseke’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Logistics $1.07 billion 0.62 $24.24 million $0.23 101.74
Daseke N/A N/A -$9.48 million N/A N/A

Universal Logistics has higher revenue and earnings than Daseke.

Profitability

This table compares Universal Logistics and Daseke’s 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%
Daseke N/A -13.05% -2.45%

Dividends

Universal Logistics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Daseke does not pay a dividend. 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.

Summary

Universal Logistics beats Daseke on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Universal Logistics Company Profile

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.

Daseke Company Profile

Daseke, Inc. is a consolidator of the open deck freight market in North America. The Company provides open deck transportation and logistics. It operates through two segments: Flatbed Solutions and Specialized Solutions. The Flatbed Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally require the use of flatbed and retractable-sided transportation equipment. The Specialized Solutions segment focuses on delivering transportation and logistics solutions that principally include heavy haul, high-value customized, over-dimensional, step deck and removable gooseneck trailer solutions. The Company, as of September 5, 2017, had a fleet of over 3,800 trucks and over 8,200 flatbed and specialized trailer. The Company serves customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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