Vitran (VTNC) & Its Competitors Head-To-Head Review

Vitran (NASDAQ: VTNC) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Ground Freight & Logistics” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Vitran to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Vitran has a beta of 2.37, indicating that its share price is 137% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vitran’s peers have a beta of 1.53, indicating that their average share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Vitran and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vitran 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vitran Competitors 195 1363 1861 72 2.52

As a group, “Ground Freight & Logistics” companies have a potential upside of 10.43%. Given Vitran’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vitran has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.4% 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, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Vitran and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vitran N/A N/A -3.47
Vitran Competitors $6.64 billion $807.32 million 252.36

Vitran’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Vitran. Vitran 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.

Profitability

This table compares Vitran and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vitran N/A N/A N/A
Vitran Competitors 9.18% 13.42% 4.69%

Summary

Vitran peers beat Vitran on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Vitran

Vitran Corporation Inc. (Vitran), is a provider of freight surface transportation and related supply chain services throughout Canada 34 states in the eastern, southeastern, central, southwestern, and western United States. The Company’s business consists of Less-than-truckload services (LTL). These services are provided by stand-alone business units within their respective regions. Vitran’s business is carried on through its subsidiaries, which hold the licenses and permits required to carry on business. In March 2013, Vitran Corp Inc completed divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation division to Legacy Supply Chain. In October 2013, Vitran Corporation Inc. completed the sale of its United States LTL business. In March 2014, TransForce Inc completed the acquisition of Vitran.

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