Analyzing Pangaea Logistics Solutions (NASDAQ:PANL) and Daseke (DSKE)

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

Risk and Volatility

Daseke has a beta of -0.68, meaning that its stock price is 168% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a beta of 0.41, meaning that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Daseke and Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daseke N/A -13.05% -2.45%
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 1.10% 6.90% 3.30%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Daseke and Pangaea Logistics Solutions, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daseke 0 0 4 0 3.00
Pangaea Logistics Solutions 0 0 3 0 3.00

Daseke currently has a consensus target price of $14.88, indicating a potential upside of 30.14%. Pangaea Logistics Solutions has a consensus target price of $57.35, indicating a potential upside of 2,299.58%. Given Pangaea Logistics Solutions’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Pangaea Logistics Solutions is more favorable than Daseke.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daseke N/A N/A -$9.48 million N/A N/A
Pangaea Logistics Solutions $238.02 million 0.44 $7.45 million $0.08 29.88

Pangaea Logistics Solutions has higher revenue and earnings than Daseke.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.9% of Daseke shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.4% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by institutional investors. 37.2% of Daseke shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 86.2% of Pangaea Logistics Solutions shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Pangaea Logistics Solutions beats Daseke on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Pangaea Logistics Solutions Company Profile

Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of seaborne drybulk transportation services. The Company services a range of industrial customers who require the transportation of a range of drybulk cargoes, including grains, coal, iron ore, pig iron, hot briquetted iron, bauxite, alumina, cement clinker, dolomite and limestone. The Company addresses the transportation needs of its customers by undertaking a set of services and activities, including cargo loading, cargo discharge, vessel chartering, voyage planning and technical vessel management. The Company uses a mix of owned and chartered-in motor vessels to transport over 18.3 million deadweight tons (dwt) of cargo to approximately 100 ports across the world, averaging over 40 vessels in service. The Company’s owned fleet includes eight Panamax drybulk carriers, four Supramax drybulk carriers and two Handymax drybulk carriers. Its vessels include Nordic Orion, Nordic Odyssey and Bulk Trident.

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