Contrasting AMERCO (UHAL) and Quality Distribution (QLTY)

Quality Distribution (NASDAQ: QLTY) and AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) are both ground freight & logistics – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Quality Distribution and AMERCO’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Quality Distribution N/A N/A N/A $0.38 42.05
AMERCO $3.42 billion 2.18 $398.42 million $16.62 22.87

AMERCO has higher revenue and earnings than Quality Distribution. AMERCO is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Quality Distribution, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Quality Distribution and AMERCO’s 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%
AMERCO 9.30% 11.28% 3.38%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Quality Distribution and AMERCO, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Quality Distribution 0 0 0 0 N/A
AMERCO 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.7% of AMERCO shares are held by institutional investors. 42.6% of AMERCO 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.

Volatility & Risk

Quality Distribution has a beta of 2.83, suggesting that its share price is 183% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMERCO has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AMERCO beats Quality Distribution on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About AMERCO

AMERCO is a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator through its subsidiary, U-Haul International, Inc. (U-Haul). The Company supplies its products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods through U-Haul. It sells U-Haul brand boxes, tape, and other moving and self-storage products and services to do-it-yourself moving and storage customers at its distribution outlets and through uhaul.com and eMove Websites. The Company operates through three segments: Moving and Storage; Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Moving and Storage segment includes the operations of AMERCO, U-Haul and Amerco Real Estate Company, and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment consists of the operations of Repwest Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, and ARCOA Risk Retention Group. The Life Insurance segment consists of the operations of Oxford Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries.

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