AMERCO (UHAL) & SP Plus (SP) Financial Analysis

SP Plus (NASDAQ: SP) and AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

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SP Plus has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMERCO has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SP Plus and AMERCO’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SP Plus $1.59 billion 0.50 $41.20 million $1.70 20.65
AMERCO $3.42 billion 2.00 $398.42 million $19.55 17.83

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for SP Plus and AMERCO, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SP Plus 0 0 1 0 3.00
AMERCO 0 1 0 0 2.00

SP Plus currently has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.66%. Given SP Plus’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe SP Plus is more favorable than AMERCO.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.0% of SP Plus shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.4% of AMERCO shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of SP Plus shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 42.6% of AMERCO shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares SP Plus and AMERCO’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SP Plus 2.55% 12.87% 4.97%
AMERCO 22.22% 9.96% 3.08%

SP Plus Company Profile

SP Plus Corporation (SP Plus) is a provider of parking management, ground transportation and other ancillary services to commercial, institutional and municipal clients in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The Company’s segments include Region One (Urban), Region Two (Airport transportation), Region Three and Other. Region One (Urban) encompasses its services in healthcare facilities, municipalities, including government facilities, hotels, commercial real estate, residential communities, retail, colleges and universities, as well as ancillary services such as shuttle and transportation services, valet services, taxi and livery dispatch services. Region Two (Airport transportation) encompasses its services at all major airports, as well as ancillary services, which includes shuttle and transportation services and valet services. Region Three encompasses other operating segments, including USA Parking and event planning, including shuttle and transportation services.

AMERCO Company Profile

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 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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